SPRING CREEK HEALTH CARE HONORS RESIDENTS DURING RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS MONTH

Posted 10/24/2017

Spring Creek Honors Residents

Across the country, residents of nursing facilities and long term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility, staff 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 in October by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (The Consumer Voice) to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect and the value of residents.  

The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2017 is, "It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices," with the goal of emphasizing the respect and dignity of every resident.  “We want to recognize residents’ rights to choose their own schedule and activities, communicate how and with whom they choose, be an active partner in directing their care, and be treated as an individual with unique wants and needs,” said Lori Smetanka, Executive Director of the Consumer Voice.

The Nursing Home Reform Law, passed in 1987, guarantees nursing home residents their individual rights, 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.

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has worked for more than 40 years to promote residents’ rights daily. 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 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.

SUSAN CALDWELL BLACK IS THE DISTRICT LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN

Spring Creek Health Care residents and Activity Director, JoAnna Thomas, celebrated Residents’ Rights Month throughout October, completing group activities, such as Residents’ Rights themed word search puzzles to raise awareness of dignity, respect and rights of each resident.

Spring Creek Health Care is 226 bed long-term care, Medicare-certified facility, providing comprehensive rehabilitation and restorative services. Spring Creek has a highly-skilled staff that focuses on providing residents specialized, quality care to live a full, healthy life. For more information, visit www.springcreekhealthcare.org.