The revised federal nursing home regulations state that "the resident has the right to be free from abuse."  It is estimated that 1 in 10 elders experience some form of abuse or neglect.

This course will give you tools and resources which can be used to help detect, prevent, and create awareness for this important issue.

The Advocacy Toolkit course demonstrates how to effectively advocate on long-term care issues.  The course includes information on crafting and delivering an effective message; tips on in-district visits and visits on the Hill; how to get on the record at town halls and public hearings; and creating engaging media strategies.  The course is appropriate for anyone interested in advocating for long-term care consumers at the state, local and federal levels.

The threat of transfer or discharge from a nursing home can be both frightening and stressful for residents and their families. Too often, a facility may respond to resident’s difficulties or increasing need for care or repeated questions or complaints from family members by attempting to transfer or discharge a resident.  This course provides information and steps to take when given a discharge notice.

Transitioning from home to facility, facility to facility, or facility back home can be a difficult process both physically and emotionally. This course will provide resources to help aid in a person’s transitional process.

On October 4, 2016, the final regulations for nursing homes participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs were published in the Federal Register.  This course provides a deeper dive into the revised federal nursing regulations and looks in depth into topics like: assessments, care planning and discharge planning; unnecessary drugs and antipsychotic medications; involuntary transfer and discharge; nursing services; admission; visitation rights; rehabilitation services; return to facility after hospitalization; and quality of care.