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  • Visitation in
    Long-Term Care Facilities

    Residents of long-term care have been subject to strict visitation policies for months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our visitation page provides info on the most recent guidelines, tips for when visits resume, what to do if you are denied entry, and more.

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  • Registration Now Open:
    2020 Virtual Annual Conference

    Our virtual conference will include the same great content you expect from a Consumer Voice Conference with new, unique opportunities to connect online!

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  • Information for Advocates COVID-19 in
    Long-Term Care Facilities

    Find the latest policy announcements, resources, tools, and tips for advocates, families and residents of long-term care facilities.

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  • A Consumer Education Campaign Avoiding Drugs as
    Chemical Restraints

    While medicine is important for healthcare, in some cases it can cause more harm than good.

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Holiday Visits and COVID-19 November 24, 2020

As COVID-19 rates are increasing throughout the country, the CDC and CMS have published recommendations for visiting with families and friends.  See our fact sheet summarizing these tips.

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Support Advocacy for Residents During COVID-19 November 24, 2020

Throughout the challenges of the past nine months, the Consumer Voice has steadfastly advocated for residents, educated and empowered families, and supported the advocacy of ombudsmen and citizen advocates. Help us continue our important work.

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New Podcast Episode on Understanding Person-Centered Care November 20, 2020

Episode 7 of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. During this discussion with Sonya Barsness, a Masters-prepared Gerontologist, and Lori Smetanka, Consumer Voice Executive Director, they talk about a philosophy that honors the needs, preferences, and goals of elders by emphasizing choice, self-determination, relationships, purposeful living, and other similar values.

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Tell Congress to Say NO to Immunity for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities July 31, 2020

The recently introduced Senate bill - the Safe to Work Act (S 4317) - would remove a nursing home’s liability for all negligent care that harms or results in the death of residents from 2019 until 2024 - including harm totally unrelated to COVID-19.  Please act now to urge your members of Congress to strongly oppose this bill.

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Submit Suggestions to Coronavirus Nursing Home Commission July 10, 2020

The Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has announced it is accepting ideas and suggestions from the public until 5pm Friday, July 17.

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Submit Comments about CMS Rule on COVID-19 Reporting for Nursing Homes June 29, 2020

We urge you to submit comments calling on CMS to mandate that additional data be collected and that nursing homes share with residents, their representatives, and their families the same information they report to the CDC.

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Update on Immunity September 15, 2020

It is now unclear whether Congress will pass any COVID-19 relief legislation, including any provisions related to immunity for nursing homes from liability for COVID-related care.

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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Passes House March 12, 2020

HR 4334 passed the House and will now go to the President to sign.

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Money Follows the Person Funding Update January 07, 2020

Congress has approved another short-term reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person program as a part of the minibus spending bill.

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Residents and Families:
Find resources about COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.