October 1, 2018
This week marks the beginning of a month long celebration of residents' rights. Spend time this month honoring residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub-acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. Plus, take time to focus on individuals receiving care in their homes or communities.
The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2018 is "Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them." The theme emphasizes the importance of residents being informed about their rights; being engaged partners in achieving quality care and quality of life; and feeling confident in speaking up about what is important to them.
As a part of Residents' Rights Month, the Consumer Voice held the annual Resident's Voice Challenge where residents from across the country submitted stories, artwork, poems, photos, and videos representing this year's theme. We received many thoughtful responses which can be viewed on our website.
Residents at Colonial Park Nursing Center in Rome New York put together a R.R.G Rap which stands for Residents' Rights Group. Watch their rap here.
Read and watch more inspiring stories from the Resident's Voice Challenge on our website.
Across the country, Resident's Rights Month is in the news and advocates are holding celebratory events!
- The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, wrote a letter offering greetings and best wishes to all observing October 2018 as National Long-Term Care Residents' Rights Month. Read his letter here.
Does your organization have events planned to celebrate 2018 Residents' Rights Month? Send us information on your event to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it on our website.
The Residents' Rights Month Packet is available online. The packet features ready-to-use items, including promotional materials, activities to celebrate Residents' Rights Month, training tools and resources. Be sure to check out the Residents' Rights fact sheet. Available for free download on our website or purchase in bulk in our store (more info below). Be sure to also check out the activity calendar as you plan events throughout the month of October.
There's still time to purchase Residents' Right Month products through our online store. Products with this year's theme include: buttons, posters, bookmarks, and fact sheets.
Available in packs of 20, 50, and 100.
Available in packs of 10 or 25.
Available in a set of 5 posters or as a bundle including 10 bookmarks.
Posters available in 11x17 and 18x24. Fact sheets available in packs of 25, 50, and 100.
To order your Residents' Rights Month products today click here!
To learn more about the 2018 Residents' Rights theme, "Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them," visit the Consumer Voice website.