Long-term Care Residents Honored Across the Country
Annapolis, MD (October 11, 2017) - Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff, and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents' Rights Month. Residents' Rights Month is an annual event held in October to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect, and the value of long-term care residents. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2017 is "It's All about Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices," with the goal of emphasizing the respect and dignity of every resident.
The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has worked for more than 40 years to promote residents' rights daily. More than 8,000 volunteers and 1,000 paid staff are advocates for residents in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Authorized under the Older Americans Act and administered by the Administration on Aging, the Ombudsman Program also provides information on how to find a facility, conducts community education sessions, and supports residents, their families, and the public with one-on-one consultation regarding long-term care.
Throughout the month of October, the local long-term care Ombudsman Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will be providing information to all nursing homes and assisted living homes to spread the word about residents' rights, including but not limited to: individualized care, respect, dignity, the right to visitation, the right to privacy, the right to complain, and the right to make independent choices. All residents in nursing homes and assisted living homes maintain their rights as U.S. citizens. Residents' Rights Month raises awareness of these rights and pays tribute to the unique contributions of long-term care residents. County executive Steve Schuh has proclaimed October as Residents' Rights Month in Anne Arundel County.
For more information about the Ombudsman Program, call , or visit the Anne Arundel County Aging and Disabilities website at www.aacounty.org/Aging. TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.