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National Residents' Rights Week 2009

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October 4 to 10


The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care invites you to honor residents of long-term care settings by celebrating Residents’ Rights Week this week – October 4-10, 2009.

Residents’ Rights Week is designated each year to highlight residents living in long-term care settings. It is a time to reflect on the importance of the Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987 that promises quality of life and care and rights for each resident.

The 2009 theme was Hear Our Voice – Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities Speak Out About Residents’ Rights. This theme was chosen to remind us that residents’ have a voice and should be included in decision-making in long-term care facilities. Residents from around the country shared their voices with Consumer Voice by sending us what it means to them to have their voices heard! See below for the 2009 Residents’ Voice submissions!

Celebrations and activities took place all over the country! Rallies, parties, training events, and more are being hosted by Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, Citizen Advocacy Groups and Long-Term Care Facilities.  See the packet of materials below that the Consumer Voice developed with suggestions.

The Residents’ Voice


Each day of Residents’ Rights Week, the Consumer Voice posted a selection of Residents’ Voice submissions. Hear from the residents themselves what it means to them to have their voices heard!

Residents’ Rights Week Events


October 2, 2009

  • Regional Residents' Rights Celebration featuring elected officials and resident speakers, Regional Proclamation of Residents' Rights Week and entertainment; Hosted by the Missouri State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
    Cape Girardeau, MO
    LTCOmbudsman@dhss.mo.gov

October 5, 2009

  • Regional Residents' Rights Celebration featuring elected officials and resident speakers, State Proclamation of Residents' Rights Week and entertainment; Hosted by the Missouri State Long-term Care Ombudsman Program
    Governor’s Office Building, Rm 450, Jefferson City, MO
    LTCOmbudsman@dhss.mo.gov

  • Arkansas Residents’ Rights Rally on the Capital Steps featuring elected officials and resident speakers and State Proclamation of Residents' Rights Week. This event is hosted by the Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents with the assistance of the Arkansas State Ombudsman Program.

October 6, 2009

  • Regional Residents Rights Celebration featuring elected officials and resident speakers, Regional Proclamation of Residents' Rights Week and entertainment; Hosted by the Missouri State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
    Hannibal Nutrition Center, Hannibal, MO
    LTCOmbudsman@dhss.mo.gov


October 7, 2009

  • Regional Residents Rights Celebration featuring elected officials and resident speakers, Regional Proclamation of Residents Rights Week and entertainment; Hosted by the Missouri State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
    St. John’s Cancer Center, Springfield, MO
    LTCOmbudsman@dhss.mo.gov

  • Connecticut Voices Forum: The Voices Forum is a statewide group of Resident Council Presidents in CT. In Celebration of Residents' Rights Week, the residents will hear directly from Department of Public Health about the new QIS survey process and how they can have input into and impact this new process.

October 8, 2009

  • Delaware's 9th Annual Residents Rights Rally featuring residents from Delaware long-term care facilities. Each Resident will be given a megaphone with “Hear our Voice” printed on the side of it. The event will have Residents Rights information, refreshments and entertainment.
    Dover Sheraton, Dover, Delaware
    sandyd@qualityage.net

  • Regional Residents Rights Celebration featuring elected officials and resident speakers, Regional Proclamation of Residents Rights Week and entertainment; Hosted by the Missouri State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
    Cameron Methodist Church, 201 N. Pine Street, Cameron, MO
    LTCOmbudsman@dhss.mo.gov

October 9, 2009

  • Regional Residents Rights Celebration featuring elected officials and resident speakers, Regional Proclamation of Residents Rights' Week and entertainment; Hosted by the Missouri State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
    First Baptist Church of Raytown, Raytown, MO
    LTCOmbudsman@dhss.mo.gov

  • Art Contest and Resident Luncheon hosted by DC State Ombudsman Program. Residents from DC’s nursing homes submitted art which was judged by local art critics. This luncheon will feature guest speaker Sarah Wells, Executive Director of Consumer Voice, entertainment and residents from all the DC nursing homes.

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Proclamations of Residents' Rights Week


The following states, cities and counties have elected officials signing proclamations making it Residents' Rights Week.

  • Arkansas

  • Florida

  • Missouri

  • Delaware

  • Garland, TX

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Residents'Rights Week in the News


Residents’ Rights Week Packet of Materials


Each year, the Consumer Voice develops a packet of materials with ideas, sample items, and templates to help you plan your Residents’ Rights Week events. This completely downloadable and ready-to-use packet includes promotional materials, activities to celebrate Residents' Rights Week, training tools and resources. The Consumer Voice's Residents' Rights Week Packet of Materials that will include suggested activities and training materials.

Introduction & Overview

Activity Suggestions

Sample Training Materials

Promotional Materials

Resources & Acknowledgements

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