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The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has social media plans for Resident’s Rights Month 2019.  The program created three social media accounts that are meant specifically for facility staff to use and follow during October.  Here is the email sent to the Ombudsman network. The Ombudsman program created a grouping of materials including videos from residents called Just 1 Thing, and a Call to Action for Ombudsmen directly from the survey conducted with the residents. Here are the pocket card instructions for Ombudsmen and pocket cards with the social media accounts listed for Ombudsmen to hand out.


In a letter to the editor in the Daily News Journal by Emily Smith, Ombudsman in Park Hill Montana, spreads awareness of Residents’ Rights Month. In the article she discusses the Federal Nursing Home Reform Law, why we should raise awareness and celebrate residents. Emily also encourages community members to visit a long-term care facility or inquire about becoming a long-term care ombudsman.


The Mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, Joseph Solomon, poses with the Rhode Island State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Kathleen Heren and the Chief Operations Officer of the Alliance for Better Long-Term Care, Joann Leonard after signing a proclamation of October being National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month 2019 signifying that the citizens of Rhode Island will stand for the quality of care for residents. Learn more here.


Residents' Rights Month was promoted in the Kent County News in Maryland.


Residents' Rights Month was promoted in The SUN in Colorado.


Winchester Kentucky Mayor, Ed Burtner, talks to residents at Fountain Circle Care & Rehabilitation Center after reading a proclamation for Residents' Rights Month. This event was also promoted in The Winchester Sun.


Levin & Perconti is an Illinois Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Law Firm. On their website they featured a blog post about Residents' Rights Month.


Lori Noffsinger, a Resident Advocate/Ombudsman with Jefferson Area Board on Aging in Virginia wrote a Letter to the Editor in The Central Virginian.


Kim Rhodes, Ombudsman Supervisor at ASCOG Area Agency on Aging in Oklahoma promotes Residents' Rights Month in The Duncan Banner.  In the article Rhodes said, “Even though the month of October has been set as the month to celebrate residents’ rights in the long-term care facilities, it is implemented throughout the year in all long-term care facilities,” she also said, “Residents Rights is very important and should be demonstrated as such to residents by allowing them to speak up.”


Commissioners in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania proclaimed October Residents' Rights Month.


The Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care recognized Certified Ombudsman Volunteers during Resident Rights Month with a press release.


Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner, Robyn Crittenden, joined with Division of Aging Services Director, Abby Cox; State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Melanie McNeil; Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Council members, volunteers and the staff of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to recognize the month of October as “Residents’ Rights Month”.


The mayor of Middlesboro, Kentucky designated October 2019 as Residents' Rights Month.


Deputy Speaker of the House Michelle L. Cook was presented with the Carol Rosenwald Award from the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman during the 23rd Annual VOICES United Forum in Connecticut. Cook received the award “for her work and advocacy to improve the quality of care provided in long-term care facilities across Connecticut,” according to a statement. The VOICES forum is organized by the state Department of Aging and Disability Services’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to help improve the quality of life and quality of care for residents in long-term care facilities across the state. The event provides long term care residents the opportunity to discuss important issues with state leaders. For the first time in the event’s history, it was held in conjunction with the Coalition for Elder Justice in Connecticut Symposium.


The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman visited St. Paul’s Senior Living Community recently in Mercer County to shadow a Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident in recognition of National Residents’ Rights Month. This event was promoted in The Progress.


In Oklahoma, columns were published in the Muskogee Phoenix and Enid News & Eagle about Residents' Rights Month.


In Tennessee, the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour covered Residents' Rights Month.


In Oklahoma, an article about Residents' Rights Month was published in Tahlequah Daily Press.