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September 29, 2008

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Marla Augustine, Communications & Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047, marla.augustine@dhhs.ne.gov

 

Nebraskans Invited to Observe Nursing Home Residents’ Rights Week

LINCOLN - Join nursing home residents at the State Capitol in observing Nursing Home Residents’ Rights Week in Nebraska, which highlights the importance of quality care and quality of life for the over 15,000 people who currently reside in 232 Nebraska nursing homes.

Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy will sign the proclamation declaring October 5 through 11 as Nursing Home Resident’ Rights Week at 10:00 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, October 2.

"People living in nursing homes are not only our family members, neighbors and friends but a valuable resource in that they are our link to the recent past," according to Vivianne Chaumont, Director of the Medicaid and Long-Term Care Division within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). "Understanding our past gives us a solid foundation for approaching our future."

During Residents’ Rights Week, the Nebraska Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program helps focus attention on the rights of residents to make choices about their care and treatment, to be treated with respect and dignity and to have their concerns heard and addressed. The volunteers and staff of the Ombudsman Program, a program of DHHS, assist residents in resolving concerns through the use of education, advocacy and other problem-solving strategies.

DHHS encourages Nebraskans to visit the people residing in our state’s nursing homes, to share their lives and express appreciation for their continuing contributions to our communities, our state and our country. Residents’ Rights Week also offers an opportunity to commend family members and friends of residents, professional caregivers, state and federal surveyors and consumer advocacy groups, who all contribute to the health, safety and well-being of residents of nursing homes.

To contact Nebraska’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program with questions or concerns, call toll-free 1-800-942-7830.

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