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September Rhode Island Ombudsman's Report

October is Residents' Rights Month - "Inspiring Unity Within Our Community"

by Kathleen Heren, Rhode Island State Long Term Care Ombudsman

Kathleen Heren

October is Residents’ Rights month across the country. This year's Residents’ Rights Month theme - Inspiring Unity within Our Community - emphasizes the importance of fostering meaningful community within the facility and encouraging residents’ connection to their local community. Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will join with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, and staff by honoring the individual rights of long-term care residents. The ombudsmen in our office are committed to seeing that all resident rights are respected.