A Commemoration Declaring October 2016 Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month

Whereas, there are nearly 2,000 individuals in Lexington, and more than 34,000 individuals in the state of Kentucky, living in nursing homes, personal care homes, or family care homes; and

Whereas, the federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 guarantees residents their individual rights in order to promote and maintain their dignity and autonomy; and

Whereas, all residents should be aware of their rights so they may be empowered to live with dignity and self-determination; and

Whereas, we wish to honor and celebrate these citizens, to recognize their rich individuality, and to reaffirm their right to vote and participate politically, including the right to have a say in their care; and

Whereas, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass have partnered for more than three decades to improve the quality of care and quality of life for residents living in long-term care facilities;

Now, therefore, I, Jim Gray, Mayor of the City of Lexington, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month in Lexington.residents-rights-commemoration-2016