By Mitch Reitman, Director of Development
October has been designated Residents’ Rights Month by the National Consumer Voice for Long-Term Care to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities. The National Consumer Voice was formed in 1975 because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes. That organization represents consumers in issues related to Long-Term Care. They provide tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates, and ombudsmen to help ensure quality of care.
To kick off Resident’s Rights’ Month, attendees at our screening of the documentary, “Being Mortal”, were provided with “Care Matters” bracelets. We were challenged by Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa to order the bracelets, and take a picture with as many people as possible. The Executive Director of the organization that had the fewest people in the picture would have to take a photo and post it to its own website with the caption “I Love (the name of the other organization)” and would also have to make a $25 donation to National Consumer Voice. Of course, since my role in this organization includes marketing as well as fundraising, I did not want our Executive Director, Tippy, to be embarrassed. We will post the picture and let you know the results in one of our blog posts in October.
In the meantime, below you will find a list of some other activities that residents, family members, caregivers, and ombudsmen can do to celebrate Residents’ Rights Month. For a full list of ideas, please visit the National Consumer Voice’s Residents’ Rights website at
www. consumervoice.org/events/residents-rights-mont-2015#activities. For your enjoyment, I am including a link to a word search puzzle which includes terms that one thinks of when considering residents’ rights.