October 10, 2023
In this Issue:
- New Issue of The Resident Advocate Newsletter
- New Video Tutorial on How to Submit Simple Comments on CMS's Proposed Staffing Standard in Nursing Homes
- Residents' Rights Resources
- Watch Livestreams of Consumer Voice Conference Sessions
New Issue of The Resident Advocate Newsletter
The Fall 2023 issue of The Resident Advocate is now available. This newsletter provides information on residents' rights and care issues; news and updates on national policy; and self-advocacy tips for obtaining person-centered, quality care.
This issue includes information on:
- Tips for living with a roommate in a long-term care facility,
- Staffing issues in long-term care and how you can advocate for change,
- Steps to take when there is a problem in your nursing home,
- Reminders for visiting long-term care facilities during the holidays, and
- Participating in this year’s Residents’ Rights Month.
The Resident Advocate is a great resource to share with long-term care residents. Nursing home staff, long-term care Ombudsman programs, family members, and other advocates are encouraged to forward this newsletter to residents or print and share copies. Download this issue or past issues from our website.
New Video Tutorial on How to Submit Simple Comments on CMS's Proposed Staffing Standard in Nursing Homes
On September 6, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes. Consumer Voice believes the proposed staffing standard does not go far enough to protect residents of nursing homes.
CMS is accepting comments on this proposed rule until November 6, 2023. More information on how to submit detailed comments is forthcoming. If you would like to comment now, watch the video tutorial to see how quick and easy it is to submit comments.
Find step-by-step instructions and suggestions for talking points on our website.
It takes just a couple of minutes and three easy steps:
- Go to: https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/CMS-2023-0144-0001.
- Share your personal story or experience about the impact of inadequate staffing on you or someone you love.
- Include Consumer Voice's suggested talking points about the staffing standard in your comment.
Residents' Rights Resources
Residents' Rights Month is a time to honor residents of long-term care facilities and spread knowledge. Consumer Voice has a variety of resources available to learn about residents' rights.
- Residents' Rights fact sheet - Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Braille.
- Residents' Rights Training Toolkit - Use these materials from Consumer Voice and the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) as a training toolkit for: community education; training for Resident and Family councils and for facility staff; and initial training for Ombudsman program staff and volunteers. Includes video, clickable presentation, Powerpoint for consumer education, Powerpoint for in-service training.
- Advocating for Rights and Better Care - New fact sheet provides tips for resident and families for advocating for change in their nursing facilities and advocacy strategies for impacting long-term care policy.
Watch Livestreams of Consumer Voice Conference Sessions
The 47th Annual Consumer Voice Conference is just 3 weeks away! We're looking forward to seeing so many old friends and new faces in Baltimore.
Can't make it to Baltimore? Attend the conference virtually! Virtual attendees can:
- Watch all plenary sessions and most breakout sessions live.
- Discuss the session with other attendees in the live chat and ask speakers questions.
- Network with conference attendees using our online platform, Whova.
- Visit the virtual exhibit booths to gather resources from conference sponsors.
Watch session recordings for 90 days after the conference
Check out our agenda to see the types of sessions and excellent speakers to expect.