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Residents' Rights Month 2016: My Vote Matters

October 01, 2016 - October 31, 2016        

Residents' Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice and is celebrated in October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2016 is, "My Vote Matters" with the goal of highlighting residents' right to vote and participate in the political process.

Visit the Consumer Voice website for this year's packet of materials, resident, staff and ombudsmen activities, and information on the Resident's Voice Challenge.

Changing Landscape of Long-term Care Conference

June 10, 2016 - June 10, 2016        

Join VOYCE, the local ombudsman program in St. Louis, for the 5th Annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference. This year, there will be national and local experts present to discuss dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available long-term care options. 

There will be more than 300 professional long-term caregivers as well as individuals and families from the community to attend. Everyone will have the opportunity to interact with sponsors who showcase long-term care services across Greater St. Louis. 

In addition to hearing thought-provoking speakers, facility administrators and social workers earn 7.25 CEUs.

See the entire line-up of speakers with a detailed description of their topics here.

Residents' Rights Month 2015: CARE Matters

October 01, 2015 - October 31, 2015        

Residents' Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice and is celebrated in October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2015 is, "CARE Matters" with the goal of highlighting quality care.

Visit the Consumer Voice website for this year's packet of materials, resident, staff and ombudsmen activities, and information on the Resident's Voice Challenge.

Identifying, Preventing, and Responding to Bullying in Long-Term Care Facilities Webinar

July 28, 2015        

Save the Date! 

Identifying, Preventing, and Responding to Bullying in Long-Term Care Facilities Webinar

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 3:00 - 4:15 ET

Save the date to join a discussion about the prevalence of bullying among residents in long-term care facilities and learn how to identify, prevent, and respond to these incidents.

Dr. Robin Bonifas, John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work, Associate Professor with the School of Social Work at Arizona State University has years of experience working with older adults in long-term care settings and she will discuss her recent work regarding bullying among residents in LTC settings.

Following Dr. Bonifas’ presentation NORC staff will share resources regarding resident-to-resident mistreatment and advocacy tips and strategies to increase awareness of these incidents, ensure the rights of all residents are respected, and demonstrate how individualized care is critical to preventing and responding to bullying in long-term care facilities. 

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Webinar: Supporting Volunteer LTC Ombudsmen and Minimizing Risk

April 28, 2015 - April 28, 2015        

During this webinar we discuss how risk management applies to every aspect of managing and supporting volunteer long-term care ombudsmen. Presenters provide tips for screening volunteers, identifying and removing risk, and responding to situations when the actions, or inaction, of a volunteer LTCO negatively impacts your program. 

Presenters: Sarah Hinzman, Volunteer Ombudsman Program & Americorps VISTA Project Coordinator, IA LTCOP; Darlene Cray, Volunteer Program Coordinator, NH LTCOP; and Amity Overall-Laib, Manager, LTCO Program & Policy, NORC

Additional Resources (shared during webinar)

2015 State LTC Ombudsman Annual Training Conference

April 22, 2015 - April 24, 2015        Decatur, GA

Each spring, the Center holds the annual State LTC Ombudsman Training Conference - the only conference designed specifically for State LTC Ombudsmen.  The conference is held in a different city and state each year. The training conference offers is an  invaluable opportunity for the 53 State Ombudsmen to come together to openly discuss issues unique to their role and responsibilities and to learn from each other in a focused setting.

The 2015 Conference will be in Decatur, Georgia from April 22-24, 2015, with preconference activities on April 20th & 21st at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory Hotel.