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Hats Off to the Long-Term Care Community Coalition
and Other Advocates for Consumer Rights and Nursing Home Quality
Would You Hail A Cab With A Flat Tire?  Part 3

Several coalitions and consumer groups have emerged over the years to advance accountability and integrity in long term care delivery among providers of care. A main goal as well is fostering consumer empowerment through educational programming.

Many are familiar to us, such as AARP. One such organization, not so well known is deserving attention, The Long-Term Care Community Coalition. Their website, contains a wealth of information AND it’s regularly updated.

Just one example, with a few clicks New York State’s Operations Manual for Surveyors of Long-Term Care Facilities is readily accessed. It is a 749-page document with the following content:
Resident Rights Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Admission Transfer and Discharge Rights Resident Assessment Comprehensive Person-Centered Care Plans Quality of Life Quality of Care Physician Services Nursing Services Behavioral health services Pharmacy Services Laboratory Radiology and Other Diagnostic Services Dental Services Food and Nutrition Services Specialized Rehabilitative Services Administration Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Infection Control Compliance and Ethics Program Physical Environment Training Requirements
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The next scheduled event is a webinar
Webinar on May 15 at 1pm

This program will provide an introduction to the Long Term Care Coalitions eBook Primer- Nursing Home Quality Standards written by its Executive Director, Richard Mollot.

There is real substance here. Describing the work of the Coalition and its Executive Director, Honorable Richard N. Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Health Committee has stated publicly “It is well known that the way to get my ear is through Richard. I know that when he knocks on my door there is a matter of import to be considered.” 
The public owes a debt of gratitude to the watchdog coalitions across the country committed to nursing home quality of care. Fostering accountability and compliance to regulations is extremely important and needed. We are all beneficiaries of their diligence.

There are additional elements in nursing home quality assurance and assessment that should also be considered.
To be continued.

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