Weeklong Celebration Reaffirms Rights of Texas Nursing Home Residents.
Residents' Rights Week, which will be celebrated Oct. 3-9, is a time for communities to celebrate the lives and reaffirm the rights of men and women who live in nursing homes.
This national celebration helps draw attention to legal rights of America's nursing facility residents, as spelled out in the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. This law guarantees quality of care, promotion of a high quality of life, and other rights to nearly 2 million men and women nationwide, of whom approximately 95,000 are Texans.
"This is a time to honor and strengthen positive relationships between nursing home staffs and residents," said John Willis, the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the Texas Department on Aging (TDoA). "It's also a great opportunity to salute the family members and the advocates who enhance residents' lives through daily interaction."
Willis emphasized the importance of communities getting involved in nursing home issues.
"The people living in these facilities are mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends and family members," Willis said. "Residents' Rights Week is all about celebrating the lives of nursing home residents and reconfirming their autonomy and dignity."
For additional information, call 800/252-2412 to contact the Regional Nursing Home Ombudsman at your local TDoA-affiliated area agency on aging. You can also contact the Texas Department on Aging State Ombudsman's Office at 512/424-6840.