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Long-term care is or will be a fact of life for many of us and our loved ones as we age. We all deserve care – whether in the home or in a long-term care facility – that meets the highest of standards, enhancing quality of life and ensuring the protection of rights. Join us as we talk with national experts and advocates about strategies you can use in the pursuit of quality long-term care.

Listen to the podcast live on Facebook, iTunes, or SoundCloud.

Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care is a program of the Avoiding Drugs as Chemical Restraints Consumer Education Campaign of Consumer Voice and AARP Foundation.

Episode 4

Title: Putting a Stop to Poor Care
Guest: Eden Ruiz-Lopez, Assistant Deputy Director, National Center on Elder Abuse
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 3:00pm ET
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Description: Every resident in long-term care is entitled to quality, individualized care. But what does quality care look like? What are the warning signs of poor care? What red flags should you be looking for in a facility? And what can you do when you see them? 

Join us for a conversation with Eden Ruiz-Lopez, Assistant Deputy Director at the National Center on Elder Abuse, as we discuss putting a stop to poor care and how to advocate for the quality care guaranteed to all residents under federal and state law.

Episode 3

Title: Keeping Families Together/Bringing A Loved One Home
Guest: Julie Schoen, Co-Director National Center on Elder Abuse
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:00pm ET
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Description:  Many families find themselves making difficult decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some of these decisions involve substantially changing their own living arrangements. In some cases, financial necessity may lead adult children to consider moving back home with their aging parents. In other situations, families may be struggling to decide if they should bring their loved one home from a nursing home. In both situations, there is a lot to consider. Is your family ready to set the boundaries necessary to live together in a multigenerational setting? If you are bringing your loved one home from a nursing home, is your home equipped and are you able to provide the level of care required for your family member? Have you considered the financial implications?

Join our conversation with Julie Schoen, Co-Director at the National Center on Elder Abuse, as we examine factors and implications these decisions will have on your family and insight on how to plan for these situations, and what you should be considering as you move forward.

Episode 2

Title: Staying Connected from a Distance to People Living in Long-Term Care
Guest: Kim Grier, Grier Dementia Training
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020, 3:00pm ET
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Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in families unable to visit their loved ones living in long-term care facilities. For many residents and families, particularly some living with dementia, virtual forms of communication, such as video conferencing or phone calls have not been successful. How can families successfully communicate with their loved ones with dementia from a distance? How can staff be better equipped to understand the needs of the individual to provide better care, particularly as efforts are being made to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe? 

During this discussion with Kim Grier, a leading voice in the field of dementia care and managing director of Grier Dementia Training, we will address these questions and other issues for staying connected from a distance with people living with dementia in long-term care facilities.

Resources: Three About Me | My Personal Directions for Quality Living | Grier Dementia Training Website

Episode 1

Title: Avoiding Drugs as Chemical Restraints
Guest: Kelly Bagby, AARP Foundation Litigation
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 2:00pm ET
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Description: Everyone who enters a long-term care facility deserves quality, person-centered care. Too many residents, however, are being given off-label antipsychotic drugs to control challenging behaviors or for caregiver convenience. When used this way, these drugs are chemical restraints. In this discussion with Kelly Bagby of AARP Foundation Litigation we’ll talk about why the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs is a problem, your rights around medications and caregiving, and what to do if you think your loved one is being chemically restrained.