Resident Rights

Every person who lives in a nursing home has human and civil rights, and specific “resident rights”. If the resident cannot speak for oneself, the family becomes the voice and observes for any signs that “something isn’t right.” 

Quality of Life

A nursing facility should be a place that actively promotes quality of life for its residents. This not only includes medical care and meeting physical needs; it also means that the nursing home should honor each individual’s personal preferences about activities, day-to-day schedules, personal space, how personal care is provided, and all the “little things” the rest of us take for granted every day.

Quality of Care

The family representative of a nursing home resident is considered a member of the care plan team — not a guest who signs a form. If the resident cannot speak for oneself, this becomes critically essential.

Our mother developed her interest in abstract art in the years shortly preceding her diagnosis.  She was able to enjoy artistic expression during the early stages of her dementia, even after her language began to fade.  We have chosen several of her paintings to represent the major tenets upon which Our Mother's Voice is founded, both as a visual connection to each of the concepts, and as a celebration of our mother's talent and the joy she found in her work.

Families can learn about their loved one, the nursing home, and the regulations, to equip themselves to be advocates for services that will provide the best practicable quality of life for their loved ones in nursing homes.

What you can do:
The Sentry Box
  • Stay involved
  • Observe the surroundings​

  • Ask Questions

  • Learn Facility Policies

The Sentry Box

Mixed Media on Canvas by Carol J. Hay

Empowering families to speak for their loved ones in nursing homes who cannot speak for themselves​