Friends of Residents in Long Term Care

Friends of Residents in Long Term Care Improving long-term care through consumer-focused advocacy and education. Learn more at www.forltc.org. Friends of Residents in Long Term Care is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing quality of life in North Carolina’s long term care facilities.

We advocate for changes in public policy, support families of long term care residents, and help people make informed decisions about long-term care.

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National Center on Elder Abuse
01/15/2021

National Center on Elder Abuse

Mark your calendar for the roundtable with Rutgers University's Dr. XinQi Dong and Keck Medicine of USC's Dr. S. Duke Han on 01/19/2021 11:30am-12:30pm PT to learn more about #ElderAbuse and maltreatment, including #COVID19 compounding risks affecting #olderadults, adults with #Disabilities, & families!

AARP Pushes for Improvements in North Carolina Long-Term Care
01/14/2021
AARP Pushes for Improvements in North Carolina Long-Term Care

AARP Pushes for Improvements in North Carolina Long-Term Care

The coronavirus pandemic highlighted long-standing issues with the state’s long-term care system. Problems include staffing shortages, low wages, high turnover, a lack of oversight and not enough technology for virtual visits,

Sad news. June served as the executive director for Friends in 2006 and later as the board chair. We already miss her.
01/13/2021

Sad news. June served as the executive director for Friends in 2006 and later as the board chair. We already miss her.

In case you missed this with all the others receiving a presidential pardon, this crook just got a get out of jail free ...
12/24/2020
South Florida Health Care Facility Owner Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Role in Largest Health Care Fraud Scheme Ever Charged by The Department of Justice

In case you missed this with all the others receiving a presidential pardon, this crook just got a get out of jail free card. 😟

A federal district judge sentenced a south Florida health care facility owner to 20 years in prison today after being found guilty in the largest health care fraud scheme charged by the U.S. Justice Department. The case involves a decades-long scheme of kickbacks and money laundering in connection w...

Lenovo, FOR, Senior Living & NCALA combine forces to donate 100 tablets for use by assisted living facilities to help co...
12/23/2020
Tablet donation allows seniors to connect :: WRAL.com

Lenovo, FOR, Senior Living & NCALA combine forces to donate 100 tablets for use by assisted living facilities to help combat social isolation.

The Lenovo Foundation donated 100 tablets to long-term care facilities across the country, and now residents are able to video chat with loved ones over the holidays.

Please consider making a donation to Friends of Residents (FOR), the nonprofit that I work closely with.  Please see the...
12/01/2020
About FOR

Please consider making a donation to Friends of Residents (FOR), the nonprofit that I work closely with. Please see the attached video...

Separated from loved ones for months, nursing home residents face even lonelier holidays during the coronavirus pandemic...
11/30/2020
Separated from loved ones for months, nursing home residents face even lonelier holidays during the coronavirus pandemic

Separated from loved ones for months, nursing home residents face even lonelier holidays during the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/26/us/covid-19-nursing-homes/index.html

Elderly people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country haven't been able to hug a loved one in many months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, many are facing their first Thanksgiving and possibly Christmas without them.

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! (December 1st)Click Here to make an online contribution to FOR:https://forltc.org/Or mail a ...
11/30/2020

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! (December 1st)

Click Here to make an online contribution to FOR:

https://forltc.org/

Or mail a check to: FOR, 514 Daniels Street, #205, Raleigh, NC 27605. Thank you for your generous donation. Every dollar makes a difference for residents in long-term care.

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows,
11/19/2020
Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows,

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the...

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows
11/19/2020
Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows

When COVID-19 tore through Donald Wallace’s nursing home, he was one of the lucky few to avoid infection. He died a horrible death anyway. Hale and happy before the pandemic, the...

11/19/2020
www.cms.gov

CMS issues holiday visitation guidance to nursing facilities.

Laurel Boyles was the first board chair of FOR in 1987. We are indebted to our founders.
11/14/2020

Laurel Boyles was the first board chair of FOR in 1987. We are indebted to our founders.

This is a petition sponsored by NC Caregivers for Compromise one of our LTC Community Partners.
11/06/2020
Isolation Of The Disabled And Elderly Is Not Acceptable. Authorize Essential Caregivers Now- Because Isolation Kills Too!

This is a petition sponsored by NC Caregivers for Compromise one of our LTC Community Partners.

Our loved ones have been locked away for over 8 months and no one is listening to their cries! They are dying from isolation and failure to thrive not just Covid-19!!! Many are confused and are giving up because they feel that no one cares. We are asking to allow Essential Caregivers in the faciliti...

New Weekend Edition of Carolina Public Press features FOR's media award given to Kate Martin!
10/24/2020
Sprint to election day; new CPP team member, LTC association bestows award

New Weekend Edition of Carolina Public Press features FOR's media award given to Kate Martin!

Kate Martin, lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press, on Friday received the 2020 Media Award from Friends of Residents in Long Term Care for her body of work writing about nursing homes and pressing government agencies for answers during the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Lamb, Chairman o...

10/23/2020

Tonight is the night of our Fall Gala!!!! PLEASE DONATE AND SUPPORT!!! The Gala will be starting HERE at 7pm! Join us!

Agents...help me show NC what we do!  The Board I’m on to prevent abuse and neglect in nursing facilities (FOR) is havin...
10/11/2020

Agents...help me show NC what we do! The Board I’m on to prevent abuse and neglect in nursing facilities (FOR) is having their annual event on the 23rd. Help me show everyone what we realtors do best - we help others in need ❤️.

Our annual event is being broadcast across the state. Music, awards, a raffle, etc. You can buy tickets for the raffle at the link below for 3 great prizes. $25 apiece, only 100 are being sold. They will go fast. I’ll provide more info on how to access the event soon. Sponsorship opportunities are available and last year I got 3 listings from mine. It’s a large audience.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help! Please let me know if you have questions or want to discuss a potential sponsorship and if it makes sense for your business.

Our On-Line Virtual Raffle is up and active! There will be 100 tickets sold with the potential to win 7 terrific prizes. Tickets are $25 apiece or you can purchase 5 for $100. Support FOR & win a cance at a prize. Buy tickets @ https://forltc.networkforgood.com/events/24218-2020-fall-gala-raffle-tickets

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We strive effortlessly to improve the quality of long-term care in North Carolina by serving as an independent resource for consumers and families, providing consumer-focused information about your long-term care options and rights, helping consumers navigate the complicated system of long-term care services and supports, offering seminars and training to consumers, providers, and advocates, and building public awareness about long-term care issues. We represent concerned families, individuals, and organizations that want to support the 90,000 people who, because they can no longer live independently, reside in long-term care facilities in the state of North Carolina. Our work covers many aspects of long-term care in various settings: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult care homes, family care homes, multi-unit housing with services, continuing care retirement communities and home and community services. Residents in long-term care across the state need our voice, our commitment, and our strength in numbers to continue advocating for a better quality of life for our seniors and people with disabilities.

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We can do better than this isolation predicament that our loved ones have been in for three months! The psychological torture alone has certainly taken the lives of many. Trying to visit through a window 5 or 6 feet in the air in 90 plus degree heat, with your loved one in a bed 20 feet away is unfathomable. We can do better than this! My Mother and Father at 80 years old can't get in to visit their daughter. Let's do better people! Come on!
Friends, I'm a Social Worker in a LTC Facility with 70 Residents, most of whom have Dementia and/or some degree of Hearing and Vision Impairment. Staff are following CMS Guidance and wearing face shields and masks. Residents wear cloth masks with Hepafilters when receiving care, and anytime out of their rooms. The recommended and federally provided PPE, in my opinion, is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affordable Care Act, and The Older Americans Act because it does not provide effective accommodations of their disabilities. Communication is dangerously impossible. We need your help in getting CLEAR FACE MASKS! I've found an FDA approved source online but they only take bulk orders (10,000 being the smallest order...I have no idea how many we'll need before this is over). I've written a letter to NC Gov. Cooper & Sec. Marshal asking for help in bulk-purchasing, perhaps allow eligible health care providers (like SNFS and hospitals and essential care workers) to request them from DHHS or whomever. The benefits would be immeasurable to Residents and staff. Our Hugs have been stolen, can you help us GIVE OUR SMILES BACK? Any help is so desperately appreciated. Much Respect, Lee Ann Smith, MA Gerontology (former NC Regional Ombudsman), Social Worker & Lifelong Super Fan of Older Adults
Hi! I'm a writer for The Charlotte Ledger, a business email newsletter in Charlotte, and wanted to bring the article below to your attention. It's about the new warning icons on the federal database of nursing homes. Also, please feel free to send along story ideas related to long-term care
I agree this is true for all seniors. Please visit your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living too!
2 from NC! Catherine Hawes on the governing board & Jay Leavitt on the leadership council. Way to go!
New Report Identifies Key Best Practices & Policies for Assisted Living Following Federal Report Finding Thousands of “Critical Incidents” Involving Seniors Every Year, LTCCC Identifies Best Practices to Improve Safety, Quality of Life, & Dementia Care Contact: Richard Mollot, 212-385-0356 [email protected] October 24, 2018– Assisted living is a popular alternative to nursing homes for seniors who need or want residential care but want to avoid the institutional setting that the typical nursing home provides. However, in the absence of federal safety standards, assisted living facility (ALF) residents are only protected to the extent that individual states have developed regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and dignity of their residents. Unfortunately, according to a 2018 GAO report, Medicaid Assisted Living Services: Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare is Needed,all too often states fail to protect ALF residents or even keep track of when they are harmed. The GAO found that there were an astonishing 23,000 reported cases of “critical incidents,” including abuse, neglect, exploitation, and death, in ALFs across just 22 states in 2014. While this number is significant, there is little doubt that the extent to which critical incidents occur is, actually, far greater, since only 22 of the 48 states surveyed by the GAO tracked and reported critical incidents. Moreover, the review only included Medicaid assisted living, which covers a small minority of ALF residents (most Americans pay privately for assisted living services). “The GAO’s report provides clear evidence of the urgent need to address the health and safety of assisted living residents,” said Richard Mollot, LTCCC’s Executive Director. “In the absence of strong and clearly defined quality of care and quality of life standards, residents will continue to be susceptible to inappropriate care and potentially unsafe conditions when they move to an ALF.” LTCCC’s new report,Assisted Living: Promising Policies and Practices, provides information and insights into best practices and policies for assisted living. The report focuses on areas of public interest and concern which we have identified as particularly important to ensuring resident safety and the ability of residents to realize assisted living’s “promise” of a resident-centered and directed, home-like environment. They include: (1) staff training requirements, (2) dementia care, (3) whether a registered nurse is employed, and (4) state oversight and quality assurance. In addition, LTCCC has compiled an Assisted Living State Requirements Chart showing, for every state in the country, the state’s status in regard to key policies and requirements. Both the report and the chart are available on LTCCC’s website,www.nursinghome411.org. Long Term Care Community Coalition www.nursinghome411.org One Penn Plaza, Suite 6252 New York, NY 10119 United States