Residents’ Rights Month 2022: Inspiring Unity Within the Community

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on October 4, 2022 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Updated on April 24, 2024

elderly women playing cards and smilingThe last few years have been rough for residents of long-term care facilities. One of the many challenges for these residents is that they have been disconnected from each other and their local communities. Being a part of a community is essential to everyone’s well-being, including long-term care residents.

That is why the theme for this year’s Residents’ Rights Month is Inspiring Unity Within the Community. Residents’ Rights Month was started by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, and it takes place every October. This designation provides an opportunity to celebrate the individual rights and dignity of every long-term care resident.

This year, we are recognizing that the pandemic caused a disconnect between residents and other residents and staff members. Group dining and other group activities were severely limited to protect residents. Residents were also disconnected from their local communities because of visitation restrictions. They also could not take part in activities outside their long-term care centers.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care has various resources to help encourage community involvement, including PDF documents with tips for residents and long-term care facilities, such as:

  • Sponsoring educational programs about things like residents’ rights or resident councils
  • Having a speaker series
  • Organizing a craft fair
  • Connecting with local leaders in politics
  • Having an awards ceremony to celebrate, residents, staff and community leaders
  • Setting up a nursing home community council
  • And more

There are also tips on encouraging community when residents are eating. For example:

  • Tea parties
  • Mexican or Italian-themed dinners
  • Music or entertainment while dining
  • Open dining
  • Cookouts
  • Having condiments on tables instead of in packets
  • And more

The National Consumer Voice has provided tips on reducing boredom and loneliness.

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