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May 17, 2016

CMS Webinar on HCBS Implementation and Statewide Transition Plan in Tennessee

Join CMS Thursday, May 26th at 1:30pm ET for a webinar entitled "HCBS Implementation and the Statewide Transition Plan."  The webinar will feature speakers from Tennessee describing the process by which they developed their Statewide Transition Plan and how the state is implementing the HCBS final Rule.  Speakers will also discuss the ways that external stakeholders and advocates can meaningfully engage in their state’s HCBS implementation process.  For more information, click here.

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NORC Seeking LTC Ombudsman Specialist

The National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) is seeking a Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Specialist to:

  • Provide technical assistance to state and local long-term care ombudsmen on LTC Ombudsman (LTCO) program management, LTCO advocacy, and issues affecting long-term services and supports;
  • Organize and develop training events (e.g., webinars, conference sessions);
  • Develop resources and materials for long-term care ombudsman programs;
  • Analyze LTCO program and policy information; and
  • Assist with special projects related to supporting and enhancing the work of long-term care ombudsmen in advocating for individuals receiving long-term care services.

Applicants must have field experience as a LTC Ombudsman, either with a state or regional (local) program.

An ideal candidate has: an extensive knowledge of the LTCO program, exceptional oral and written communication skills, training experience, the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and meet deadlines, and a collaborative work style. College degree required. Compensation commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Some travel required.

Please share this opportunity with individuals that may be qualified candidates.

To be considered, submit a resume, cover letter, and references by Friday, May 27 to Amity Overall-Laib, Director, NORC, at aoveralllaib@theconsumervoice.org.

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Consumer Advocate Interviewed in New York Times Article on Living at Home Instead of a Nursing Home

A recent article in The New York Times highlighted how many residents of nursing homes long to live in their own homes or communities.  Marvin L. Dawkins, who has spoken at Consumer Voice annual conferences and provided consumer input to Consumer Voice, was interviewed in the article.  He described his experience living in a nursing home outside Baltimore, MD.  After he was paralyzed, he was confined to a nursing home, but eventually was able to extract himself from the nursing home.  He now lives in an apartment with assistance from a home health aide and works helping to identify other residents interested in transitioning out of their nursing home.

Federal data shows there are about 155,000 nursing home residents that have a low need for round-the-clock care and 217,000 residents of working age.  Both groups are good candidates for living at home, and experts argue that other sicker residents could also do well at home.

Read the full story here.

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NORC Volunteer Management Webinar

Effective Training, Oversight, and Communication: Key Practices to Support Volunteer LTCO and Minimize Risk
Tuesday, May 31 3:00pm ET

Join the National Ombudsman Resource Center to continue the discussion about how risk management applies to every aspect of managing and supporting volunteer long-term care ombudsmen. Our webinar last year discussed risk management related to volunteer recruitment, screening, and initial certification training.

This webinar will share how oversight of volunteer activities (e.g., facility visits, complaint investigation, consultation, reporting), continuing education training opportunities, and performance evaluation can reduce risk and improve program consistency, effectiveness, and advocacy.

Register Today!

Please email ombudcenter@theconsumervoice.org with questions.

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It's Hurricane Preparedness Week!

Hurricane Preparedness Week is a time to prepare for a potential land-fall tropical storm or hurricane.  If you live in an area prone to these types of storms or even areas threatened by dangerous flooding or destructive winds, it's important to take this time to prepare for a dangerous weather event.

The NORC Emergency Preparedness page provides resources for victims, their families and care providers in preparing for or in the aftermath of an emergency event.  Plus, get an Emergency Preparedness Kit from the Consumer Voice store - including a flashlight, NORC Tip Sheets - Being Prepared! Things Ombudsmen Should Do Before, During and After an Emergency; Smart Phone Apps; and Emergency Management Dictionary and Translations; and CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist.

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Webinar on California Assisted Living

Justice in Aging is holding a webinar entitled "Progress and Challenges in California Assisted Living" on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00pm ET.  This webinar will provide aging advocates and providers with an update on California’s recent assisted living progress and a background on the state’s ongoing challenges. Among other things, the webinar will explore California’s assisted living Medicaid waiver, other funding mechanisms, challenges in integrating health care expertise into assisted living, and improvements to on-line access and monitoring.  For more information and to register, click here.

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Spotlight on Educational Resources

The Consumer Voice and the National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) have a multitude of resources available online covering a wide range of long-term care topics.  Visit the Consumer Voice website and the NORC website to explore all the available resources.  Take a look at this week's highlighted resource:

Nursing Home Transitions- This issue page provides a report on nursing home transitions nationwide, tip sheets for consumers, a how-to guide for advocates and a webinar providing information.

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In this Issue

CMS Webinar on HCBS Implementation and Statewide Transition Plan in Tennessee

NORC Seeking LTC Ombudsman Specialist

Consumer Advocate Interviewed in New York Times Article on Living at Home Instead of a Nursing Home

NORC Volunteer Management Webinar

It's Hurricane Preparedness Week!

Webinar on California Assisted Living

Spotlight on Educational Resources

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Calendar of Events

May: Older Americans Month

Wednesday, May 25: Progress and Challenges in California Assisted Living, 2:00pm ET, Webinar from Justice in Aging

Tuesday, May 31: Effective Training, Oversight, and Communication: Key Practices to Support Volunteer LTCO and Minimize Risk, 3:00pm ET, NORC Webinar

Friday, June 10: Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care, VOYCE Conference

Wednesday, June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

October: My Vote Matters, Residents' Rights Month 2016

November 2-5, 2016: Consumer Voice 40th Annual Conference, Arlington, VA

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