Visiting Residents in LTC Facilities The in the newsletter above on devastating effects of lockdowns on residents points out that in September 2020, The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) eased visitation restrictions and permitted visits under limited circumstances. Since September nursing facilities have been allowed by federal COVID-19 guidance to coordinate Compassionate […]
From the Desk of the KY State LTC Ombudsman As 2020 comes to a close I want to take a moment to thank you. Thank you to the 35,000 long-term care residents in Kentucky. You have sacrificed so much to try and protect each other and health care workers during the pandemic. Thank you for trying new […]
Residents need you now more than ever! Give a little extra cheer to long-term care residents this holiday season by helping ombudsmen gather gifts for residents in Kentucky nursing, personal care, and family care homes. For more information about the Silver Bells gifting project visit our website. Click here for the entire e-newsletter.
Residents’ Rights Month 2020 As October comes to a close we recognize the annual celebration of Residents’ Rights month was very different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the opportunities ombudsmen had to safely work with residents, families, and facility staff to help promote awareness of rights. Prior to Residents’ Rights month […]
Changes in Long-Term Care Visitation Guidance The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) recently issued new guidance for nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities regarding visitation and communal activities. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
The Kentucky State Long-Term Care Ombudsman created a guide for residents about COVID-19 and their rights. Thanks to funding from the CARES ACT thousands of copies are being shipped to all Kentucky Long-Term Care facilities. We ask the administrators at each facility to safely coordinate distributing the information to residents. Read the full August 2020 Newsletter here.
Hello Everyone, Residents and their needs and wishes are our priority. Thank you to those residents and families who talked with us and helped us continue our work to resolve concerns and improve care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full July 2020 Newsletter here.
Hello Everyone, We greatly miss visiting residents, families, and volunteers in person. Residents and their needs and wishes are our priority. Thank you to all the Ombudsmen and volunteers who have worked daily to stay in touch with residents, families and facilities utilizing phones and video chat. Volunteers are essential to our program. Click here to […]
This an approved definition from the Kentucky Inspector General, Adam Mather Defining “End of Life” for the Purposes of Visitation during COVID19 In the CMS Memo from 3-13-2020, facilities nationwide were advised they should “restrict visitation from all visitors and non-essential health care personnel” except in certain cases, such as “end-of-life.” Governor Andy Beshear has […]