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January 22, 2014

Consumer Voice Issues Statement of Support of Illinois Home Care System in U.S. Supreme Court Friend of the Court Brief

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice), along with numerous aging and disability organizations, has joined an Amicus Curiae, or friend of the Court, brief in support of the Illinois home care system in the case of Harris v. Quinn (Supreme Court Case No. 11-681) before the United States Supreme Court.    

The brief argues that the independence and freedom from institutionalization that people with disabilities have achieved in Illinois relies on a key feature of the Illinois home care system: that employees are hired by the individual consumer, but terms and conditions of employment are decided via collective bargaining with the homecare workers’ representatives.

To read the Consumer Voice's entire statement, click here.

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NPCEA Compiling List of Elder Abuse Coalitions - Use the Form to Submit Information

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is compiling a listing of active elder abuse coalitions and teams for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), to appear on the NCEA website at www.ncea.aoa.gov.  This is a list of interagency groups that are actively addressing the issues of elder abuse and neglect through activities such as organizing, advocacy and promoting public awareness.   NCPEA defines a coalition or team as an entity comprised of representatives of independent organizations,  that utilizes distinct knowledge and resources to collectively address a shared goal.
To submit information regarding a state or local coalition, task force or team, use the form found in the current list. Once listed, the organization will receive notices about activities, webinars and other resources targeted to coalitions and teams, and networking opportunities with others on this list.

If you have questions, please contact Beth Rosenthal at brosenthal@preventelderabuse.org.

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Attend the PowerUP! Training Institute and Webinars

Attend a PowerUP! Training Institute.  Train your organization to form Self-Directed Volunteer Teams, using a research-based framework.  These volunteers carry out projects that extend your capacity to serve older adults.  For more information, see a PowerUP! Institute overview and watch the online tutorial with training details.

Join the First PowerUP! Institute:

Upcoming Webinars:

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Article in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on Hospitalization of Medicaid LTC Users Who Transition From Nursing Homes

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society featured an article entitled "Hospitalization of Elderly Medicaid Long-Term Care Users Who Transition from Nursing Homes."  The objective of the article is "to compare hospitalizations of dually eligible older adults who had an extended Medicaid nursing home stay and transitioned out to receive Medicaid home- and community-based services with hospitalizations of those who remained in the nursing home."  Read the article.

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Alzheimer's Association New Web Page: I Have Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Association has created a web page for people with the disease to show them that they are not alone.  "I have Alzheimer's" is designed to help empower those living in the early stage of the disease to move past the feeling of isolation that often comes with a diagnosis and on to planning, preparing, receiving support and living their best life after diagnosis.  Visit the web page.

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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 info@theconsumervoice.org. Copyright © 2014.

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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