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September 12, 2017

New PHI Report with Data on Direct Care Workers

PHI has released its annual data about the direct care workforce, which includes 2.4 million home care workers and more than 600,000 nursing assistants working in nursing homes.  Key findings include:

  • Home care workers earn a median wage of $10.49/hour while nursing assistants working in nursing homes earn a median of $12.34/hour.
  • Two-thirds of home care workers work part-time, and about half of nursing assistants work part-time.  About half of home care workers and 39% of nursing assistants rely on some form of public assistance.
  • Women account for 9 in 10 home care workers and nursing assistants, about half are people of color, and 28% are immigrants.

Read the home care workers brief here and the nursing assistants brief here.

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ABA Adopts Resolution on Supported-Decision Making

In August, the American Bar Association adopted a resolution on Supported-Decision Making.  The resolution recommends that legislatures modify their guardianship statutes to require that Supported Decision-Making be considered as a less restrictive option before guardianship is imposed.  The resolution also encourages courts to consider decision-making supports that meet the individual's needs as grounds for terminating guardianship and restoring rights.  The resolution is meant to ensure that other less-restrictive alternatives are always considered and guardianship is used as a "last resort."  For more information, click here.

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Spread the Word About Residents' Rights Month

Residents' Rights Months begins in just three weeks!  This year's theme is "It's All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices" with a focus on the dignity and respect of every resident.  Start promoting the celebration and planning events.  Create a buzz in your local community about Residents' Rights Month by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper, issuing a press release and asking your mayor or governor to proclaim October 2017 Residents' Rights Month.  Get ideas for activities and events with our RRM Events Calendar.  Once your event is planned, we'd love to hear about it! Email details and photos to info@theconsumervoice.org.

We have had a tremendous response to this year's Resident's Voice Challenge.  We will be highlighting submissions throughout the month of October; all entries are posted on our website currently.  The Resident's Voice Challenge is an opportunity for residents and all long-term care consumers to share their experiences, raise their voices and reflect on the year's theme.  Read submissions here.

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New Consumer Voice Conference Information Available; Regular Registration Ends September 29

A new preliminary agenda and session topics are available for the 2017 Consumer Voice Annual Conference.  Session topics include:

  • Reducing the Misuse of Antipsychotics
  • Creating inclusive services for LGBT older adults
  • Systems advocacy at state and local levels
  • Ombudsman Program Process Evaluation: Progress and Initial Data
  • Creating an Abuse Prevention Culture in Residential Long-Term Care: Vital Practices to Support and Enhance Legal Compliance
  • Improving Care in the Post-Acute/Long-Term Care Setting
  • 30 Years After OBRA ’87: Where Are We in Achieving Quality Care in Nursing Homes? - Special plenary on Capitol Hill; More info here.

Regular registration ends September 29th; register now!

Plus, take advantage of our special hotel room rate of $209/night.  Our hotel room block is filling fast, so reserve your room ASAP.

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Spotlight on 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:

Residents' Rights - Residents’ Rights are guaranteed by the federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. The law requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident” and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity and self-determination. Find information and resources on recognizing residents' rights on the Consumer Voice website.

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In this Issue

New PHI Report Data on Direct Care Workers

ABA Adopts Resolution on Supported-Decision Making

Spread the Word About Residents' Rights Month

New Consumer Voice Conference Information; Regular Registration Ends September 29

Spotlight on Resources

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