- Plans in the works to save Esquire Theater on Broadway in Cape (2/21/18)2
- Man transitioning to woman killed herself in Cape City Jail in June; news comes from architect's pitch in Kansas (2/15/18)2
- Bell City arrest, Scott City incident highlight high-alert status following Fla. school shooting (2/20/18)4
- Cape Girardeau businessman proposes redevelopment project; seeks taxing district to fund improvements (2/17/18)16
- TJ's Burgers, Wings & Pizza expands with dining area in Fruitland (2/16/18)
- Pence gets it right in response to attack on Christian faith (2/17/18)11
- As February winds down, Chaffee looking forward to reopening of ice cream shop (2/21/18)1
- Scott City puts school on lockdown; officials say alleged threat 'not credible' (2/21/18)2
- The heart of the matter: Clinic helps patients rise above congestive heart failure (2/17/18)
- Local foodies share most romantic places (2/22/18)
Long-term care rights
October is National Long-Term Care Residents Rights Month, a better time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of many long-term care residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. This year's theme -- My Voice, My Vote, My Right -- was selected to call attention to the fact that residents of long-term care facilities have experienced many important historical, political events. It is important that they are given the opportunity to continue to participate in the political process and that voting is made accessible to them.
By listening to residents' voices, we honor their lives and experiences as well as treat them with dignity and respect; staff and residents can enjoy relationships that enhance their day-to-day lives; and the long-term care facility can operate more effectively in its daily activities when based on and developed with consumer involvement.
During Residents' Rights Month, we recognize our local long-term care ombudsman program staff and volunteers, who work daily to promote residents' rights, assist residents with complaints and provide information to those who need to find a long-term care facility. In this area, the Ombudsman Program of Southeast Missouri Agency on Aging services 18 counties with 163 different licensed facilities. At present the Region 2 Ombudsman Program has only 47 trained ombudsman volunteers.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ombudsman Program or if you would like to become an ombudsman volunteer, please call the ombudsman director at 335-3331 or 1-800-392-8771.
JAN McFERRON, region 2 ombudsman director, SEMO Area Agency on Aging, Cape Girardeau