The Founder and President of Our Mother’s Voice discusses the history and goals of the organization on the radio!
For the audio podcast:
For a video version of the interview:
Our Mother’s Voice CEO discusses how Quality of Life changes when caregivers begin to understand the communicative intent of behavior in people with dementia, in the video presentation “Behavior IS Communication! – My Mother’s Story”: https://vimeo.com/462311247
Our Founder and CEO presented testimony to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, which is tasked with examining “how our nation delivers, regulates, finances and measures quality of nursing home care, including the long-standing challenges brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Her moving remarks begin at 3:26 of this recording:
and her participation in the Q&A at 1:09:50.
The Founder and CEO of Our Mother’s Voice has provided written testimony and statements for the record to Congressional Committees advocating for improved quality of care in long-term care facilities. You can read her contributions to the official Congressional Record using the links below.
Written statement for the record to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. Jim Clyburn, on September 21, 2022:
The video of the hearing can be viewed here: https://coronavirus.house.gov/subcommittee-activity/hearings/hearing-examining-long-term-care-america-impact-coronavirus-nursing
Written statement to a committee examining Medicare funding and regulations, chaired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in January 2017, available
Our CEO accepted the invitation to submit an article to the journal Presbyterian Outlook for their January 2023 issue, which focuses on ministering to older adults. Her published article is available here:
with the caution that the journal’s web site offers 3 free “reads” of any combination of content per 30-day period (beginning the first day of visit) before the visitor is asked to either purchase the issue or subscribe to the journal to continue to access certain content. Please track your visits to avoid a surprise!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO:
The COVID-19 pandemic is decimating the long-term care population across the country. Because the situation is so fluid, Our Mother’s Voice refers all inquiries for resources on this emerging crisis to the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care for the most up-to-date information as well as information chronicling the brief and alarming history around this crisis.
Mixed Media on Canvas by Carol J. Hay
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 email@example.com so that we can add them to our compendium.
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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. Our Mother’s Voice is a 501(c)3 organization established in 2010 with a volunteer Board of Directors and a volunteer CEO as our only "staff". All services are free of charge. Our funding comes entirely from donations made by individuals. For information about donating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .