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County Executive Steve Schuh Proclaims October 2018 as Residents' Rights Month

Annapolis, MD (October 12, 2018) - During the month of October, across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, advocates, 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 to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect, and the value of long-term care residents to all of us. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2018 is "Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them," with the goal of emphasizing the need for all of us to empower residents to speak for themselves. Ombudsmen speak up daily for consenting residents when they are unable to do so or do not feel strong enough.
 
The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has worked for more than 40 years to promote residents' rights. 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 rights of residents, 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 according to the Constitution. Residents' Rights Month raises awareness of these rights and pays tribute to the unique contributions of long-term care residents.  Let's celebrate by visiting nursing homes and assisted living homes and letting our elders know that they have rights. 
 
County Executive Steve Schuh recognizes the importance of this celebration and has proclaimed October as Residents' Rights Month in Anne Arundel County.
 
"We recognize the importance of dignity, respect, and the rights of all county residents living in long-term care facilities," said Schuh.  "We encourage individuals to stay informed and engaged so they may live with high quality care and have a high quality of life."
 
For more information, contact the Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4257.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.
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