Idaho, -Across the country, residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities along with family members, Ombudsman program representatives, citizens advocates, facility staff, and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event held in October by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term (Consumer Voice) to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect, and the value of long-term care residents.
The year’s theme, “Reclaiming My Rights, My Home, My Life”, acknowledges the impact this past year has had on residents. The theme highlights the need for residents’ rights to be recognized, recovered, and reasserted. Across this great state of Idaho celebrations of residents’ rights will be observed within our local nursing homes and residential assisted living facilities in recognition of our near 17,023 long term care residents.
Idaho has 1-State Long Term-Care Ombudsman, 12.5 local Ombudsman and approximately 20 volunteer Assistant Ombudsman covering 280 Residential Assisted Living Facilities (10,805 beds) and 80 Nursing Homes (6218 beds) across the state. The local ombudsman investigated 9883 complaints during FY2021 which was by far the most challenging year the program has ever faced. Ombudsman provided 2,531consultations to callers to the Ombudsman Program.
“We celebrate Idaho’s residents of long-term care facilities and shout out a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and support those who can” said Amanda Scott, Idaho State Ombudsman, Idaho Commission on Aging.