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August 9, 2022

In this Issue:

  1. Share Your Experience with Nursing Home Staffing with USA Today
  2. Webinar Thursday on Advocating for LGBTQ+ Residents
  3. New Residents' Rights Products Available in Consumer Voice Store

Share Your Experience with Nursing Home Staffing with USA Today

USA Today is seeking information and feedback on staffing in nursing homes.  USA Today is conducting a reporting project in order to better understand the impact low staffing levels have on the daily realities of nursing home workers, on resident health outcomes and on people's access to quality long-term care facilities.  They are looking to hear from nursing home residents, their family members, nurses, aides, attorneys, nursing home administrators, and other advocates.  They have a particular interest in speaking to individuals who live in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio, where federal data shows nurse staffing levels are among the lowest.

Fill out the form on the USA Today website to share your experience.

Webinar Thursday on Advocating for LGBTQ+ Residents

Voices for Equality Email Header.pngJoin Consumer Voice and the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) for a webinar this Thursday, August 11th entitled "Voices for Equality: Advocating for LGBTQ+ Residents." While lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) residents in long-term care face many of the same concerns as straight residents, there are, however, unique historical and cultural considerations when working with this often invisible population. With a mix of policy, education, and resources, Ombudsman program representatives and advocates can address their individual, community, and systemic needs. This webinar will equip attendees with an understanding of the challenges LGBTQ+ residents face, build familiarity with federal, state, and local policy, and walk away with resources on LGBTQ+ inclusion, such as the new Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI), a national LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool.


  • Dan Stewart, MSG, Associate Director of the Aging Equality Project at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Sherrill Wayland, MSW, Director of Special Initiatives at SAGE

This webinar is open to all Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs and legal services providers.

Register Now

New Residents' Rights Products Available in Consumer Voice Store

Residents' Rights PlacematsStart a discussion and learn about residents' rights with new placemats.  These colorful placemats can be used during dining times to foster community among residents while also raising awareness for residents' rights and the long-term care Ombudsman program. Pack of 100 Placemats - $50

2022 Enrichment BookletOur Enrichment Booklet ($8), updated for 2022, offers residents a variety of activities to keep them entertained, active and connected to their community. This book includes puzzles, word searches and crosswords; prompts for residents to write about the connections in their lives; trivia questions, which can be done alone or with others; and more! This item is available for pre-order and will ship in several weeks.

2022 RRM StickerSpread the word about this year's Residents' Rights Month theme with stickers! Each sticker is cut in the shape of the logo. Pack of 50 Stickers - $20

Plus, find other great products in our store:

RR Playing Cards

Residents' Rights Playing Cards - $8

RRM Door hangers

Resident's Voice Door Hangers - Pack of 50 - $20

Reminder: Participate in the Resident's Voice Challenge by Sept. 1

Being a part of a community is essential to our well-being. This year's Residents’ Rights Month theme - Inspiring Unity within Our Community - emphasizes the importance of fostering meaningful community within the facility and encouraging residents’ connection to their local community.  Residents' Rights Month is an event held every October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities.

This year, for the annual Resident's Voice Challenge, residents are invited to reflect artistically on the theme.  Plus, we are inviting groups of residents to create a shared poster reflecting on this year's theme.

Visit our website for more information on how to participate.

Submissions are due September 1, 2022.

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