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National Consumer Voice
Residents' Rights Month 2018
October 01, 2018 - October 31, 2018
October is “Residents’ Rights Month,” an annual event designated by Consumer Voice to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities. It is an opportunity to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the rights of each resident. The federal Nursing Home Reform Law guarantees residents’ rights and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity, choice, and self-determination. The law also requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident”. Residents’ Rights Month is a time to raise awareness of these rights and celebrate residents.
This year's theme is “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them.” The theme emphasizes the importance of residents being informed about their rights; being engaged partners in achieving quality care and quality of life; and feeling confident in speaking up about what is important to them.
Each year, the Consumer Voice develops a packet to help you plan your Residents’ Rights events. The packet is completely downloadable and features ready-to-use items, including promotional materials, activities to celebrate Residents' Rights Month, training tools and resources.
- What Are Residents' Rights? (web link)
- Residents' Rights from the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law
- Residents' Rights Fact Sheet
- Promotional Materials
- NORC Residents' Rights Issue Page
- My Personal Directions for Quality Living - sample and blank form - newly revised by Consumer Voice and SAGE
- Communication Tips
- Nursing Home Fact Sheets:
- Assisted Living Fact Sheets:
- Home Care Consumers Fact Sheets:
Click the example to the left to see this year's entries.
Long-term care consumers are encouraged to pick up their pens, dust off their type writers or use a computer to display their writing or artistic skills by submitting essays, poems, artwork, drawings, or videos related to the theme for Residents' Rights Month "Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them."
- Find more information by reading the Residents' Voice guidelines here.
- Spread the word about the Resident's Voice Challenge with this flyer.
- We especially love videos! No need for fancy equipment; cell phone video will work great!
- Each participant featured in a photo or video must fill out a release form.
2018 Residents' Rights Month Buttons
Perfect to give to volunteers, residents or other advocates!
Residents' Rights Bookmarks
Easy-to-read, laminated bookmarks - a tangible reminder of these important rights
Residents' Rights Poster Series
The set includes five 11"x17" poster each featuring a different essential residents' right and a quote from a resident illuminating the importance of the right. The poster series are a useful visual reminder of residents' rights. See all five posters here.
Residents' Rights Month is a time to offer residents an opportunity to participate in engaging activities. Use the activities below to involve residents and staff members in sharing with the community.
Activities for Residents with staff and ombudsmen:
- Residents' Rights Month Activity Calendar - A printable calendar (updated for 2018) with event and activity ideas for each day during October. Get your planning started now!
- Getting to Know You Activities
- Resident Idol
- Residents’ Rights Rally
- A Day in the Life: What Quality Means to Me – Photo Challenge
- Area-wide Resident or Family Council Meeting
- Town Hall Meeting
- “I want to tell you about my mother."
- Learning Circle Exercise from the California Culture Change Coalition
- Residents' Rights Bingo Game (provided by Disability Law Colorado)
- Resident Hero - This form can be used to collect information about residents to present in a faciltily open house or other activities. This information can be included with Resident's Voice entries posted within facilities or the community.
- Biopoem - This format can be used to collect information from residents to develop a poem about their lives.
- Communicating Residents’ Rights through Music
- Communicating Residents’ Rights through Storytelling
- Recipe for a Good Life
- Taste of Home: Involving residents in meals and menu planning
- Activities to Call Attention to Residents’ Dining Experience
- Food: The Great Communicator
- Culture Change Training
- Together We Can…Achieve Resident-Directed Care
- Recipe for Residents’ Rights: Free Choice
- CARE Matters activities
- CAREgivers Appreciation Event
Activities for Staff and Ombudsmen:
- Ombudsman Open House
- Residents’ Rights Display at Local Shopping Mall
- Care Planning & Communicating Life’s Stories
- Communicating Community Standards
- Resident for a Day
- Make Your Own Activity Template
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Have something planned for Residents' Rights Month? Was Residents' Rights Month featured by local media or government? Send details and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A Residents' Rights Gala will be held on October 24, 2018 in Midland, Texas. The event will feature expert speakers and will be attended by residents and staff.