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Residents' Rights Week 1998.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 1998--Residents of nursing homes, their families and advocates are celebrating resident empowerment during Residents' Rights Week, Oct. 4-10, 1998.

The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 guarantees quality of care to nearly 2 million residents nationwide of which, almost 95,000 are Texans. The 75th Texas Legislature then adopted the federal requirements and issued Texas-specific reforms.

During Residents' Rights Week, we reaffirm that residents deserve the highest quality of life possible and that their basic human rights cannot be compromised. It is also a time to honor family members, nursing home staff, advocates and residents who work to promote and ensure residents' rights.

One purpose of Residents' Rights Week is to recognize the contributions that nursing home residents have made to our society by discussing issues such as quality of care or quality of life and by finding opportunities throughout the year to educate people and to support continuing nursing home improvement.

Residents' Rights Week promotes care that protects and respects individual dignity and enhances the quality of residents' lives.

Community awareness of ongoing improvements in long-term care is important. It inspires us to celebrate the mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends and family members who live in nursing homes and reconfirm their dignity and autonomy.

For additional information, contact your local area agency on aging's regional ombudsman at 800/252-2412 or the Texas Department on Aging's Ombudsman Program, 512/424-6840.
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