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October 1, 2019

In this Issue:

It's Residents' Rights Month - New LTCOP Reference Guide on Trauma-Informed Care - Alzheimer's Association Collecting Feedbak on Public Health Webpage - Atlanta Journal-Constitution Investigates Georgia Senior Care Homes

It's Residents' Rights Month
2019 Residents' Rights MonthThis week marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of residents' rights. Spend time this month honoring residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub-acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities.  Plus, take time to focus on individuals receiving care in their homes or communities.

This year's theme, "Stand for Quality," emphasizes the importance of quality in all aspects of residents’ experiences – quality care, quality of life, quality services, and quality choices – to name a few.  Residents’ Rights Month is an opportunity for staff, families, ombudsman programs, residents and other advocates to work together to stand for and promote quality long-term care.

Participate on social media by using #StandforQuality, posting a photo of yourself with the "I Stand for Quality" sign, and using the "I Stand for Quality" Facebook profile photo frame.

Visit our website for resources, promotional materials, news and events happening around the country, and Resident's Voice Challenge entries. Learn more »

Trauma-Informed Care Reference GuideNew LTCO Reference Guide on Trauma-Informed Care
The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) has created a reference guide for long-term care ombudsman programs on Trauma-Informed Care: Nursing Home Requirements and Ombudsman Program Advocacy.  The purpose of this guide is to introduce Ombudsman programs to trauma-informed care principles and related advocacy strategies and to outline nursing home responsibilities in accordance with the revised federal requirements.Learn more »
Alzheimer's Association Public Health WebpageAlzheimer's Assocation Collecting Feedback on Public Health Webpage
The Alzheimer’s Association is requesting feedback about — their online portal dedicated to addressing Alzheimer’s with a public health approach.  Alzheimer's Association is collecting feedback about the utility and usage of the site.  All responses are anonymous; the feedback form will close Wednesday, October 9.Give Feedback »
Atlanta Journal-Constitution logoAtlanta Journal-Constitution Investigates Georgia Senior Care Homes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) has conducted an investigation of assisted living communities and personal care homes in Goergia.  Beginning in 2018, AJC compiled and analyzed thousands of government documents and conducted dozens of interviews to examine the quality of care in Georgia's senior care facilities.  The investigation revealed unsafe, poor quality care in many homes. Read the articles in the series. Learn more about the project »
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