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July 30, 2013

New Consumer Fact Sheets Now Available!

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care is pleased to announce the release of numerous educational fact sheets about long-term services and support options and how to advocate for quality care.  These fact sheets serve as bite-sized pieces of information on various subject areas related to long-term services and supports.  Examples of some of the topics the fact sheets address include how to find a provider, how to solve a problem with a provider, and tips for getting quality care from a provider.  The fact sheets are designed for consumers (or their advocates) who are currently receiving or who may in the future receive long-term services and supports.  The goal of the fact sheets is to empower consumers – through education – to effectively advocate on their own behalf.  
You can access the educational fact sheets here.
In addition, the Consumer Voice is interested in your opinion about the fact sheets!  After you’ve read the fact sheets, please click here to take their survey. Your answers will help make the fact sheets as useful and accessible as possible to you and other readers!

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AMDA Seeks Volunteers for Guideline Revisions on Diabetes and Heart Failure in LTC

AMDA is seeking volunteers for guideline revisions on Diabetes and Heart Failure in long-term care settings.  Over the next 9-12 months, AMDA will be revising the afforementioned guidelines, and they are seeking those with hands-on experience in the long term care setting. 

For the Diabetes guideline, AMDA is seeking a medical director, a director of nursing, nurses, administrators, a social worker, dietitian, in addition to day-to-day practitioners and a representative from the entire interdisciplinary team. 

For the Heart Failure guideline, AMDA is seeking a medical director, director of nursing, nurses, administrator, a social worker, a therapeutic recreational activity specialist, day-to-day practitioners, as well as a representative from the entire interdisciplinary team.

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, contact Jackie Vance at jvance@amda.com by July 31st.

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n4a Memo on Sequestration

Last week, n4a released a memo on sequestration.  In the memo titled "Sequestration Update #5: Survey Results," n4a provides a sampling of data to illustrate the initial effects of sequestration on the ability of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to serve our client base of vulnerable older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers; the decisions made relative to implementation by AAAs; and the possible ramifactions of a continued federal sequester on OAA programs.

Read the full memo.

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AMDA Webinar on Falls and Fall Prevention Interventions

AMDA is holding a live webinar on information associated with new evidence-based findings around falls and falls prevention interventions.  Additionally, this webinar will illustrate the ways in which to effectively implement the Falls and Falls Risk Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG), including how to utilize the CPG's evidence-based information about falls interventions, what should and should not be implemented based on the evidence, the step approach to the implementation process, and the ways in which to evaluate both the process and outcomes associated with implementation. The webinar is $75 for AMDA members and $99 for non-members.

Best Possible Falls Prevention Techniques
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
7:00pm EST

Register now.

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National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Issues Press Release on Observation Status Poll

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) issued a press release announcing the results of their new poll on observation status.  The poll shows that GCMs see observation status as a growing problem that is unfairly denying needed rehab care to seniors and costing them thousands of dollars.  Read the press release.

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Hebrew Home Highlighted as Leader in Sexual Expression Policy

A recent article on Bloomberg.com highlighted the sexual expression policy at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, New York.  In 1995, the home adopted a policy, considered the first of its kind, stating that residents "have the right to seek out and engage in sexual expression."  The article also includes links to Hebrew Home's sexual expression guidelines and sexual consent guidelines. Read the full article.

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Direct Service Workforce Webinar Series

The Direct Service Workforce Resource Center is holding a Summer 2013 Webinar Series.  The series will engage CMS demonstration grantees and LTSS stakeholders in dynamic discussions focused on successful strategies and useful resources for developing the direct service workforce that supports people with disabilities in home and community settings. For more information, read the announcement.

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About The Gazette

The Gazette is a weekly e-newsletter, published by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center. If you do not wish to continue receiving this publication, please unsubscribe. Your contributions and comments are welcome and should be sent to swells@theconsumervoice.org. Copyright © 2013.

The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves. We are a primary source of information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen to help ensure quality care for the individual. The Consumer Voice's mission is to represent consumers at the national level for quality long-term care, services and supports.

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