Reeve Foundation to host webinar on abuse in long-term care facilities

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 05, 2019 # Health, Quality of Life Grant Spotlight

People with paralysis who live in long-term care (LTC) facilities are especially vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Recognizing and addressing abuse and neglect in LTC facilities as well as knowing their rights is crucial for both residents and their family members.

To address this issue, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is hosting a webinar to empower people with paralysis and their family members by providing information on choosing a proper long-term care facility and tips for advocating for quality care. The live webcast will take place on September 18 at 3 P.M. EST.

The hour-long session will cover topics such as understanding the rights of residents of LTC facilities, identifying the signs of abuse and neglect, and how to report concerns and complaints to the appropriate agencies. Attendees will learn about the important role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in addressing complaints and how to contact the program.

The webinar will be presented by Amity Overall-Laib, Director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC). Amity served as a local long-term care ombudsman in Texas for six years advocating for residents in 65 nursing homes and 130 assisted living facilities in a 12-county region. During her tenure in Texas, she led the formation of the Gulf Coast Culture Change Coalition, resulting in two free conferences for long-term care consumers, providers, advocates and regulators promoting Culture Change practices and has presented at local, state and national conferences. She also had the pleasure of representing fellow local ombudsmen on the Board of Directors for NALLTCO (National Association of Local Long-Term Care Ombudsmen). Amity was previously a consultant to NORC then served as Manager for Program and Policy. Amity has a master's degree in sociology from the University of Houston.

This event is open to the public online and FREE to attend. Click here to register.

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