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.”
Observe the surroundings
Learn Facility Policies
The Sentry Box
Mixed Media on Canvas by Carol J. Hay
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.
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.
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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND DISCLAIMER:
The contents of the information shared at this site are largely based upon the Code of Federal Regulations 42CFR483 Subpart B, Centers forMedicare & Medicaid Services, Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities, standards for nursing homes. Although not every Nursing Facility accepts Medicare or Medicaid residents, the standard of care represented in the discussion here should be the standard families look for when choosing a facility for their loved one. Our Mother’s Voice reminds the family to remain vigilant to ensure that those rights and quality of care and services remain in place, for those whose voice has been silenced by age, incapacity, or dementia. Our Mother’s Voice does not advise, but informs, so that families can then make decisions of their own. If you require advice, we recommend that you seek the appropriate advisory professional. Our Mother's Voice is a trademark owned by the founders of the organization. All rights reserved. All artwork taken from original paintings by Carol J Hay, our mother, copyrighted; used with permission.