Please join us on September 30, 2016 for Una Buona Sera, “A Good Evening,” to celebrate NHOA’s 35th Anniversary!
Our office received a gratitude call from a consumer of Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) services today and I had to share how proud I am of program staff. The caller was extremely happy with the work of Katrina Valliant, the Lincoln Trail District Ombudsman. She said, “Katrina listened to me cry. She comforted me. She researched facts for me and called me back when she said she would.”
The caller went on to compliment the work of others in the LTCO Program as well saying, Mark Burress, Regional State LTC Ombudsman, and Denise Kennedy, Bluegrass District LTCO, “were also a huge help.” The caller was impressed with the quick response and problem resolution of everyone in the LTCO Program.
When residents and families utilize LTCOs to help resolve problems they often brag that the ombudsman not only helped them, but they educated them. In closing the caller added, “The nursing home doesn’t seem to want people to be informed.” As KY State LTC Ombudsman and leader of the program I am so glad our valuable services are making a strong impact. Helping residents and families navigate the difficulties of illness, aging, and obtaining LTC services is no small task, but we appreciate your continued support Donations appreciated!
KY SLTC Ombudsman
ACTION OPPORTUNITY! Each day, 10,000 Americans are becoming Medicare eligible and State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) services are needed more than ever. This program provides free, unbiased, one-on-one Medicare coverage and benefits counseling. In the coming days, the House Appropriations Committee will consider a bill that funds the Medicare SHIP. Click below for a great opportunity to take action and make your voice heard. SHIP is a great resource! http://cqrcengage.com/ncoa/app/onestep-write-a-letter…
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It occurs in every demographic, and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. Yet it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever discovered.
Elder abuse is often a silent crime. Most of us never see it because most victims are abused behind closed doors by their own family members. And, too often, people who do see it choose not to get involved because it’s “none of my business.”
The law says it’s our business. Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state. (Reference KRS 209.030)
If you suspect elder abuse, you are legally required to report it. You can report abuse at the 24 hour toll free hotline 1-800-752-6200, calls can be made anonymously.
In addition to contacting Adult Protective Services, if you suspect a resident of a long-term care facility is being abused, neglected or exploited, contact your District Long-Term Care Ombudsman or the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency at (859) 277-9215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our job is to advocate for residents and make sure they get the care they deserve!
To learn more about elder abuse and what you can do to help prevent it, visit the following sites:
- Elder Abuse Awareness, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
- Adult Protection Branch, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
- 20 Ways You Can Help Prevent Elder Abuse, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
- Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Council
- National Center on Elder Abuse, U.S. Administration on Aging
- Elder Abuse, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care
And don’t miss the Third Annual Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Conference, July 8, 2016. Registration is free and lunch is provided!
In January 2015, the Department of Labor updated the Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA) rules for homecare workers. Under this new Home Care Final Rule, most home care workers must be paid the federal minimum wage and receive overtime pay. To help consumers and families understand their new responsibilities, the Department of Labor has released a new resource to explain the rules.
The Guide outlines who needs to follow the new rules and explains to consumers and caregivers how to comply with the rules with helpful examples and checklists.
On February 24th, 2016 hundreds of advocates from across the state gathered in the rotunda at the capitol in Frankfort, KY for Advocacy Day to show their support of Kentucky’s senior services and aging programs. The hosts of the rally, AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Kentucky Association of Gerontology, brought awareness to some of the most important and current aging issues in Kentucky, including the vital role senior services brings to our communities, the increased occurrences of Alzheimer diseases and other forms of dementia, aging at home, and the importance of aging services for both caregivers and seniors throughout the state.
Advocates had a chance to “rally in the rotunda” to show their support of Kentucky’s age related services and also had a chance to meet face-to-face with their state appointed representatives to discuss and advocate for such services. Joining in on the rally were several Long-Term Care Ombudsmen from all across the state. The Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program services residents in nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes and handles residents’ concerns and complaints. As Long-Term Care Ombudsmen, we are called to be resident-directed and focus on what the residents in long-term care facilities want; it is the very nature of our job to be advocates and voice the concerns of Kentucky’s seniors and other individuals living in long-term care.
Pictured (left to right): Denise Kennedy, Nancy Leonard, Jodi Holsclaw, Cindy Tabor, Sheila Cornett, and Bethany Breckel (not pictured: Katrina Valliant)
Sixty percent of nursing home residents have no visitors–no family or friends to check on them or cheer them up. Research shows that long-term care residents receive better care when they have regular outside visitors.
With just a few minutes each week, YOU could change a resident’s life, and help improve the quality of care they receive.
Learn more at our Friendly Visitor Orientation
Friday, February 19, 3:00-4:30 pm
3138 Custer Drive, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40517
Please RSVP to Denise Kennedy at email@example.com or (859) 277-9215
Become a Friendly Visitor today!
NHOA Board member and Legislative Committee Chairperson, Nancy Leonard, provided testimony to the Senate Committee yesterday in an effort to explain why medical review panels are not in the best interest of residents (report on medical malpractice). In the end, Senate Bill 6 does not address poor care and does not improve care for our vulnerable residents. The bill was later heard on the Senate floor.
What can you do?
The bill will probably have another reading on the Senate floor and be up for final passage by the Senate. Now is the time to contact your Senator and House Representative. The bill could soon be in the House Health and Welfare Committee if it passes the full Senate. Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee are listed below. Let your voice be heard!
Contact your Kentucky Legislator by email or leave a message at 1-800-372-7181.
House Health And Welfare Committee Members
Rep. Tom Burch [Chair]
Rep. Robert Benvenuti III [Vice Chair]
Rep. David Watkins [Vice Chair]
Rep. Addia Wuchner [Vice Chair]
Rep. George Brown Jr.
Rep. Bob M. DeWeese
Rep. Joni L. Jenkins
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
Rep. Reginald Meeks
Rep. Phil Moffett
Rep. Tim Moore
Rep. Darryl T. Owens
Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo
Rep. Russell Webber
Rep. Susan Westrom