- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Politics to profits: Brothers launch new investing concept on Wall Street (10/19/17)1
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- Food Giant in Chaffee is robbed (10/17/17)
- Owner of dinosaur relics demands new board of directors, business plan at Bollinger County Museum (10/17/17)
- Cape's casino flourishing as it celebrates fifth year (10/22/17)3
Residents' Rights Month
October is National Long-Term Care Residentsí Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights in long-term care facilities. This yearís theme ó Itís All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices ó was selected to call attention to respect and dignity to every resident.
By listening to the residentsí 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. Many people care about residentsí families, citizen advocates, facility staff and others. This care can be truly individualized and focused on each personís needs and preferences.
Celebrate and acknowledge these rights by participating in Residentsí Rights Month events and calling on your elected officials and local facilities to show their support by attending/organizing activities.
During Residentsí Rights Month, we recognize our local, long-term care Ombudsmen staff and volunteers, who work daily to promote residentsí rights, assist residents with complaints and provide information to those who need to find a long-term care facility. In this area, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at Aging Matters serves 18 counties and 166 long-term care facilities.
If you would like to learn more about the Ombudsman Program or become a volunteer, contact Jan McFerron, Region 2 Ombudsman director, or Emily Smith, assistant director, at (573) 335-3331 or (800) 392-8771.
EMILY SMITH, assistant Ombudsman
director, Aging Matters