The Founder and President of Our Mother’s Voice discusses the history and goals of the organization on the radio!
 For the audio podcast:http://leojansen.net/WLMAMedia/Podcast/Kathy%20Bradley%2001-06-15.mp3

For a video version of the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeTABWD798c&feature=youtu.be


The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released updated federal regulations governing nursing facilities, which will be phased in over a 3-year period.  The National Consumer Voice is publishing a series of informative briefs highlighting some of the changes, the first of which can be accessed here:
http://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/actions-and-news-updates/A-guide-to-Revised-Nursing-Facility-Regulations.pdf
For those who want a more in-depth review of the changes in the regulations, the following are two multi-page summariesof key changes:
http://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/issues/summary-of-key-changes-effective-phase-1-final.pdf
http://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/issues/summary-of-key-changes-effective-phase-1-part-2-FINAL.pdf
and for a fact sheet that explains some of the reasons these revisions are vital to nursing home residents (NOTE:  You will have to copy and paste this ink into your browser.  The hyperlink does not work.):
http://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/issues/Why-the-Recently-Revised-Nursing-Home-Regulations-Are-Vital-for-Nursing-Home-Residents_(1).pdf 
More fact sheets on the new revised nursing home regulations from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care:
on transfer & discharge:
http://www.justiceinaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Revised-Nursing-Facility-Regulations_Involuntary-Transfer-and-Discharge.pdf
on unnecessary drugs and antipsychotic medications:
http://www.justiceinaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Revised-Nursing-Facility-Regulations_Unnecessary-Drugs-and-Antipsychotic-Medications.pdf


Often families are told their loved one cannot be served in a community-based setting because of wandering or other challenging behaviors.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services has published guidance for providers instructing them how they are to meet these needs within the federal regulations:
https://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/downloads/faq121516.pdf

For a guide to understanding this new rule and how it impacts care and services in adult day settings, from the Consumer Voice and Justice in Aging:
http://www.justiceinaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Medicaids-New-Rule-to-Promote-Independence.pdf

 For information on how you can advocate for person-centered services in adult day settings who are governed by these rules, from the Consumer Voice and Justice in Aging:
http://www.justiceinaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/HCBS-Regs-and-Adult-Day-Centers.pdf

Struggling with issues of aging?  One visitor to our site has provided a number of resources covering various topics of interest, from both government and private sources:
Making the Move to Assisted Living: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/assisted-living-facilities.htm
Senior Health Resources: https://medlineplus.gov/seniorshealth.html 
Boomer's Roadmap to Aging in Place: http://www.homecity.com/how-to-prepare-for-senior-years
Moving Tips for Seniors: http://www.yourstoragefinder.com/moving-tips-for-seniors
Guide to Senior Nutrition: https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/nutrition-guide-for-senior-citizens.html
Financial Resources for Seniors: https://www.retiredbrains.com/retirement-resources.html
Guide to Medicare and Medicaid for Seniors: https://quotewizard.com/health-insurance/medicare-vs-medicaid
Veterans Benefits for Seniors: http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/
Legal Planning for Alzheimer's and Dementia: https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-planning-dementia-alzheimers

NOTE: Inclusion of privately sponsored resources in the above list does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of any business or industry represented on such sites.  The sites are included only for the information they provide.


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We have not tried to be exhaustive in discussing these topics, or including all the issues that will arise when families face the life changes of placing a loved one in a nursing home. And for many families, providing care at home is the best option – a decision which also brings challenges. These links to the resources of others will help to further equip families to become strong advocates not only for their own family members but also for systems change in the field of long-term care, whether that care takes place in a nursing facility or with assistance in the home.


We encourage you to explore these resources; and if you find others that we haven’t included, please let us know at contact@ourmothersvoice.org so that we can add them to our compendium.

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