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Residents' Rights Month 2017

October 01, 2017 - October 31, 2017        

October is “Residents’ Rights Month,” an annual event designated by Consumer Voice to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities. It is an opportunity to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the rights of each resident.

The federal Nursing Home Reform Law guarantees residents’ rights and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity, choice, and self-determination.  The law also requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident”. Residents’ Rights Month is a time to raise awareness of these rights and celebrate residents.

The theme for this year's Residents' Rights Month, "It's All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices," focuses on the respect and dignity of every resident.  The theme highlights residents’ rights to choose their own schedule and activities, communicate how and with whom they choose, be free from abuse and unsafe environments, and be treated as an individual with unique wants and needs.  Residents’ Rights Month is a time for staff, families, ombudsmen, residents and other advocates to focus on resident-directed care and emphasizing the self-determination, choice, and quality of life of each resident.

Packet of Materials

Each year, the Consumer Voice develops a packet to help you plan your Residents’ Rights events. The packet is completely downloadable and features ready-to-use items, including promotional materials, activities to celebrate Residents' Rights Month, training tools and resources. Check back as more Residents' Rights Month packet materials become available.

Resident's Voice Challenge

Announcing the 2017 Resident’s Voice Challenge!  Creative writing and artistic expression are meaningful and compelling ways to highlight the importance of residents’ rights and how these rights can be carried out in all long-term care settings.   

For this year’s Resident’s Voice Challenge, residents are encouraged to pick up their pens, dust off their type writers or use a computer to display their writing or artistic skills by submitting essays, poems, artwork, drawings, or videos related to the theme for Residents' Rights Month 2017 "It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices".

Residents are encouraged to answer one of the following questions:

1.)What are the kinds of choices you should be able to make?

2.)What factors contribute to the quality of life in your facility or at home?

3.)What do you think it will take to bring about good quality care in nursing homes and other facilities?

Find more information on submission criteria here.

Spread the word about this year's Resident's Voice Challenge with this flyer.

This year, we are particularly looking for video entries.  Some video entries will be selected to be posted on our website homepage, Facebook or Twitter.  Those selected to be featured on our homepage will be notified.  For more information on how to send us a video submission, click here.

Photo and Video Release Form - All residents and consumers who share photo or video with Consumer Voice as a part of the Resident's Voice Challenge must complete and photo/video release.

Submissions are due September 1, 2017.  See entries here.

Mail or Email Submissions to:

Consumer Voice
Attn: Resident’s Voice Submission
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite. 632
Washington DC 20036


Any questions about the Resident’s Voice should be directed to info@theconsumervoice.org

Residents' Rights Month Products

This year, we have two great products for sale in celebration of Residents' Rights Month!

Promote the theme with Residents' Rights Month buttons.  These buttons make perfect gifts or giveaways for residents, volunteers, family or other advocates!  Buttons are available as a:


Promote residents' rights year-round with the new Residents' Rights posters.  

This easy-to-read poster provides important information for all staff, volunteers, residents and advocates.  Posters are printed on sturdy, glossy paper.  Choose the horizontal or vertical layout and 11"x17" or 18"x24" sizes depending on your needs.  Display these posters in facilities, resident rooms, or offices of advocates as a reminder of the important rights to which all residents are entitled.  Residents' Rights Posters are currently available for pre-sale and will be shipped beginning August 1st.

Purchase a 11"x17" or 18"x24" poster today!

Remember: Consumer Voice members receive 10% off all items in the online store. Join or renew your membership here.  Email info@theconsumervoice.org for the discount code.

Residents' Rights Month Activities

Residents' Rights Month is a time to offer residents an opportunity to participate in engaging activities.  Use the activities below to involve residents and staff members in sharing with the community.

Activities for Residents with staff and ombudsmen:

Activities for Staff and Ombudsmen:

News and Events

Have something planned for Residents' Rights Month? Let us know! Email details for your events and activities to info@theconsumervoice.org.