Mayor Gray Declares October Residents’ Rights Month

Nationwide Celebration Highlights Voting Rights for Long-Term Care Residents

Lexington, KY, October 4, 2016 – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has declared October Residents’ Rights Month. Gray made the declaration “in celebration of the rights of all citizens who live in long-term care facilities.” Fourth District Councilmember Susan Lamb presented the tribute at the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency’s (NHOA) 35th anniversary celebration on September 30.

“Residents’ Rights Month is an excellent opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to residents’ rights as well as honoring our long-term care residents,” said Sherry Culp, NHOA President and Kentucky’s State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

“NHOA’s ombudsmen work through October to educate residents about their rights and empower them to exercise those rights,” said Bluegrass District Ombudsman Denise Kennedy. “This year, we are working to make sure that residents are able to participate in the political process, to ensure their voices are heard this fall.”

Ombudsman is a Swedish word for advocate. Long-term care ombudsmen advocate for residents of nursing homes, personal care homes and family care homes. Nearly 2,000 individuals in Lexington and more than 34,000 Kentuckians live in long-term care facilities.

The city of Lexington and the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency join individuals and groups across the country commemorating the month with the “My Vote Matters” theme to emphasize the importance of affirming these rights through facility practices, public policy and resident-centered decision-making.

“We strongly encourage the community to participate in Residents’ Rights Month activities and to visit residents, who continue to be important members of our communities,” said Culp. “We are always looking for volunteers to help us advance residents’ rights.” Volunteer opportunities include Friendly Visiting, Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman services, Advisory Council membership, and special events. Interested parties can call 1-800-372-2991 for more information.

The full text of Mayor Gray’s proclamation is available at www.ombuddy.org, as is a link to NHOA’s free publication, Know Your Rights: A Guide for Kentucky’s Long-Term Care Residents.

For more information please contact Sherry Culp, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, at (859) 277-9215 or sculp@ombuddy.org.

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The mission of The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, Inc. (NHOA) is to improve the quality of care for residents of long-term care facilities.

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