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April 8, 2014

Toolkit Available for Older Americans Month

In preparation for Older Americans Month 2014 in May, the Administration for Community Living has posted new materials on their website.  This year's theme, "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.", focuses on injury prevention.  Find a toolkit that includes facts about preventing falls and injuries, an activity guide, poster templates, logos and tips for consumers on ACL's website.

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Financial Exploitation Fact Sheets Now Available in Spanish and Chinese

Spanish and Chinese versions of financial exploitation fact sheets are now available on the Consumer Voice website. Developed in part through a grant from the Administration on Aging for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), these fact sheets discuss the prevention, detection and reporting of financial exploitation in assisted living and nursing homes. There are separate fact sheets for residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes and their family members. The consumer fact sheets provide an overview of residents’ rights and facility responsibilities related to resident finances, tips for how residents can protect themselves and how to report incidents of financial abuse. The fact sheets for family and friends of residents also review residents’ rights and facility responsibilities, highlight warning signs and how to report incidents of financial exploitation.  Access the fact sheets on the Consumer Voice website.

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OVC Announces Funding to Address Recommendations of Vision 21 Report

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announced that the congressional Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 includes $12.5 million to address some of the findings and recommendations outlined in the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report.  The report was the first comprehensive assessment of the crime victim services field in nearly 15 years and provides a framework to adress policy, programming and resource challenges to alter the way we treat victims of crime.  OVC anticipates releasing several discretionary grant solicitations during April 2014 to provide funding to reach and serve more crime victims and address gaps in capacity and infrastructure in the crime victims' field. Visit the Vision 21 website to learn about new solicitations as they are released.  More information is also available on OVC's website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Materials Available from NCLC Webinar on Nursing Home Admissions Agreements

Materials are now available from National Consumer Law Center's April 2nd webinar entitled "Nursing Home Admissions Agreements: A Discussion of the Unfair Terms in the Agreements Presented to Elders on Entering a Nursing Home."  The webinar focused on nursing home admissions agreements, identifying the terms that elders and their advocates should be most wary of and explaining the protections that some states afford against enforcement of some of these terms.  Speakers included Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center and David H. Seligman, Irving Kaufman Fellow at the National Consumer Law Center.  Access the materials here.

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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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