Residents’ Rights Month honors the individual rights of long-term care residents. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care organization conducts the annual observance. Organization members include residents, family members, ombudsmen, advocates and other community members.
The theme for this year’s Residents’ Rights Month is “It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices.” The event’s goal is to emphasize the respect and dignity of residents who live in long-term care facilities and those who receive services in their homes or communities.
Federal law guarantees nursing home residents rights including respect, dignity, privacy and freedom to make independent choices. The Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care is authorized under the Federal Older Americans Act to advocate for the rights of residents receiving long-term care services.
“As Ombudsman for Long-Term Care we are honored to serve and uphold the rights recognized in federal law for all citizens from all walks of life,” said Cheryl Hennen, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. “Residents’ Rights Month raises awareness about these rights and pays tribute to the unique contributions of residents receiving long-term care.”