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Long-term care residents stand for quality

Posted on 10/02/2019
Long-term care residents stand for quality

In recognition of the hundreds of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Weld County, the Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed October as Weld County Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month.

As people age and move into the next phase of life, many things change. However, one important thing does not: When moving into long-term care facilities, people retain their human and civil rights, also known as residents’ rights. Residents’ rights are guaranteed by the federal Nursing Home Reform Law, which requires nursing homes to care for residents in a manner that promotes and enhances the quality of life of each resident, ensuring dignity, choice and self-determination.

In Weld County, the residents’ rights of more than 850 individuals living in nine nursing homes and nearly 850 individuals residing in 26 assisted living facilities are promoted and protected by three Long-Term Care Ombudsman through the Department of Human Services’ Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

At Wednesday’s board meeting, staff from AAA were joined by some very special guests: three residents of Aladdin Assisted Living in Keenesburg, who came to celebrate the proclamation.

“Our Area Agency on Aging staff constantly show how far they will go to care for the good folks of our county, including you three wonderful ladies,” said Weld County Commissioner Coordinator Scott James, speaking to the residents in attendance. “I’m constantly inspired by the hard work of our team, and I’m honored you all were able to join us today. Thank you for helping us raise awareness of the importance of understanding and protecting the rights of all long-term care residents.”

Nationally, October is designated annually as Residents’ Rights Month by Consumer Voice to honor residents living in long-term care facilities. The theme for this year’s Residents’ Rights Month, “Stand for Quality,” emphasizes the importance of quality in all aspects of residents’ experiences, such as quality care, quality of life, quality services and quality choices.

Learn more about AAA’s services and programs by visiting www.weldaaa.org.