October is Residents' Rights Month - "Inspiring Unity Within Our Community"
by Kathleen Heren, Rhode Island State Long Term Care Ombudsman
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.