The Ombudsman's Report November 2023 - Empowering Families and Care Partners
by Kathleen Heren, Rhode Island's Long Term Care Ombudsman
Last Month, during National Residents’ Rights Month, our team kicked off a new initiative that is supported by a grant the Rhode Island State Ombudsman Office has recently been awarded. This month, I would like to introduce you to my guest writer, Lori Light, to explain how this grant will help residents of long-term care facilities in Rhode Island and empower them and their loved ones to have a voice. Lori is a Long Term Care Ombudsman who also serves as the Ombudsman Training Coordinator.
Rhode Island State Long Term Care Ombudsman
From Lori Light
I am pleased to write to you this month about an important new initiative, one of several being supported by a grant from the Federal Administration for Community Living for the purpose of strengthening the capacity of the Ombudsman Program to respond to and resolve complaints about abuse and neglect, especially in assisted living facilities and similar adult care homes.
Our new initiative is a direct reflection of our unyielding commitment to upholding Residents' Rights and ensuring that each resident enjoys the highest possible quality of life. We have recently introduced a series of monthly Zoom meetings specifically tailored to empower and support families and care-partners of residents in Rhode Island long-term care facilities.
Supporting Families and Care-Partners via Monthly Zoom Meetings
We understand that navigating the complexities of long-term care can be challenging for families and care-partners, as well as for residents themselves. To address this, our monthly Zoom meetings aim to provide a supportive and informative space where friends and families of residents can:
Connect with LTCOP (Long Term Care Ombudsman Program) advocates: Meet our experienced advocates, who will introduce you to the wealth of resources we offer, from guidance on resident rights to assistance in addressing complex issues.
Network with peers: Share your experiences, concerns, and solutions with others who understand your journey. Building a community of support can be invaluable.
Learn and advocate: Discover effective advocacy strategies and gain the tools you need to ensure the best possible quality of life for your loved ones in long-term care facilities.
When: The 2nd Tuesday of every month, from 7-8 pm next meeting November 14th.
Where: Register at bit.ly/risltcopzoomreg to receive the Zoom meeting link.
Please note that these meetings are exclusively for families and friends of residents in Rhode Island long-term care facilities. We hope you will join us!
For more information about the Rhode Island Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and these monthly Zoom meetings, please visit alliancebltc.org or contact Lori Light at 401-785-3340.
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Ombudsman Training Coordinator
Office of the Rhode Island State Ombudsman
As the Rhode Island State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Ms. Heren shares her expertise by providing a monthly guest blog to Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. In these blogs, she delves into various issues and topics that she encounters in her role. The insights and opinions expressed in these blogs are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Attorney RJ Connelly III or any of the employees at Connelly Law Offices, Ltd.
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