Kathy Carter of Frankfort has been elected to NHOA’s Board of Directors! Click here to read the entire article.
The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, Inc. (NHOA) thanks The Grainger Foundation, a private, independent foundation, for its recent donation of $5,000. The grant will be used to provide ombudsman services to 5,500 frail, disabled residents of long-term care facilities in the organization’s 17-county service area.
Special thanks to Zachary Bear, manager of the Lexington Grainger location, for recommending NHOA for this grant to The Grainger Foundation.
Zachary is pictured with NHOA President Sherry Culp (left) and Bluegrass District Ombudsman Denise Wells.
The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency’s Michelle Barnett of Cynthiana (left) received the first annual Bernie Vonderheide Award for Outstanding Service for advocating for long-term care residents in Harrison County. Tom Kring of Lexington presented the award on behalf of Vonderheide, who was instrumental in NHOA’s founding in 1981. A familiar name to Kentuckians, Vonderheide served as public relations director and spokesman for the University of Kentucky for almost 25 years. At right is Denise Wells, Bluegrass District Ombudsman, who assists a team of 25 ombudsmen in 17 central Kentucky counties.
Lexington Herald-Leader featured an article by Sherry Culp, President of the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass. She shares a true story of what a resident experienced and how an ombudsman was able to help as well as the more information on the program. To read the entire article, click here.
Longtime ombudsman Ken Evans passed away Wednesday, December 27, surrounded by family at his home in Lawrenceburg. Ken helped hundreds of residents of long-term care facilities get better care over the course of 18 years with NHOA.
“Ken made a great connection with many residents,” State Ombudsman Sherry Culp said. “We especially appreciate his work with veterans and the severely mentally ill.” He was a great asset to the program.”
“Ken was always willing to pitch in and travel to rural homes to make sure residents received the services they needed,” Bluegrass District Ombudsman Denise Wells added. “We will miss him.”
NHOA’s ombudsmen, board, and staff extend condolences to Ken’s widow Ann, a 30-year ombudsman who influenced her husband’s decision to serve the elderly and disabled, and the rest of his family.
To view the obituary and information about visitation and funeral services, click here. The family has requested memorial gifts to the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency in lieu of flowers. To make a secure online gift in Ken’s memory, click here.
The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass received a grant from the Kentucky Colonels on September 22, 2017 in the amount of $1,225 to print updated Certified Ombudsman Training Manuals.
The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency is a non-profit agency that advocates for residents living long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes. Our Certified Ombudsmen receive 24 hours of initial training and more than 12 hours of continuing education every year. These new training manuals will allow our Certified Ombudsmen to continue to provide excellent advocacy services to the residents in the 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District.
The Kentucky Colonels is an organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor because of their citizenship and service. Their primary objective is to support Kentucky organizations who stand ready to help our citizens everywhere. The Kentucky Colonels, through their Good Works Program, distributed $1.5 million to support 171 worthy causes this year, which will impact over 3 million people across the state.
“A Kentucky Colonel is more than just a certificate, it’s a group of compassionate individuals that care about the citizens of Kentucky and who want to make a difference. We harness our members’ generous donations and award grants to not-for-profits to help those most in need throughout the Commonwealth.”
–Barbara Dutschke, Commanding General of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Colonels
NHOA would like to thank the Kentucky Colonels for their continued support of our mission to improve the quality of care for residents living in long-term care!
The Medicare and Social Security Trustees issued the 2017 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund yesterday, projecting the Part A Trust Fund will be solvent through 2028. The 2029 depletion date is a year longer than the Trustees’ estimate last year and twelve years longer than projected before the Affordable Care Act passed. It is important to keep in mind that this does not mean that Medicare itself would be bankrupt in 2029 – it would still be able to pay out approximately 87% of its benefits.
Most SSI recipients are women—53% of all SSI recipients and 67% of older SSI recipients. Women are disproportionately reliant on SSI because they are more likely to have spent time out of the workforce caring for their families, or to have worked in low-wage or part-time jobs, or in jobs where they did not receive Social Security credits. Check out this fact sheet by Justice in Aging for more information. SSI Fact-Sheet Justice in Aging 2017