Resident Rights are celebrated in the month of October to honor residents in Long Term Care facilities. This is an opportunity to show tribute to residents and support long-term care ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and family members who work to promote and support resident’s rights. Many reasons exist why facilities should participate in Residents Rights’ Month but some key reasons are:
Educate staff on residents’ rights (annual state requirement).
Build relationships with residents, families and staff.
Promote community involvement in long-term care.
Increase community awareness of residents’ rights.
Highlight the facilities dedication to promote residents’ rights and person centered care.
Resident Rights were established to guarantee Quality of Life. The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires each Nursing Home to care for its residents in a manner that promotes and enhance the quality of life of each resident, ensuring dignity, choice, and self-determination. A person living in a long-term care facility maintains the same rights as if they were still living in their own home.
To advocate for a family member or friend in a facility contact your local or state long-term care ombudsman. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is required by federal law to promote and protect the rights of residents in licensed long-term care facilities.
Missouri has an ombudsman program that consist of volunteers serving residents of nursing homes to provide support and assistance with any problem or complaint. Volunteers are required to be screened and trained prior to being assigned a facility. Ombudsman volunteers strive to reinforce the importance of resident rights, especially to those resident with no families. Ombudsman main responsibility is to help residents in long-term care facilities maintain or improve their quality of life by helping ensure their rights are not violated.
As you visit your family member or friends in a long-term facility it is important to be an advocate for these individuals not only in the month of October but throughout the year to ensure their rights.
Contact us by Mail: Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, PO Box 7165, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Phone: 1-888-262-5644 Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of MCQC is to improve the quality of care and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities and recipients of in-home care