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October 12, 2012

Long-Term Care Residents Honored During National Residents' Rights Month

PIERRE, S.D. –Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the month of October as Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month to honor South Dakotans living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

This year’s theme, “My Voice, My Vote, My Right,” emphasizes goals of educating the community about residents’ rights to vote and participate in the political process.

The Long-Term Care Facilities Residents’ Bill of Rights guarantees nursing home residents their individual rights, including the right to privacy, the right to manage financial affairs, and the right to make independent choices. Residents’ Rights Month raises awareness about those rights and pays tribute to the unique contributions of long-term care residents.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is mandated by the U.S. Administration on Aging to advocate and protect the rights of residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Adult Services and Aging specialists in the South Dakota Department of Social Services are advocates for facility residents and investigate and work to resolve their complaints. Additionally, the program provides information and referral assistance, conducts educational activities to increase community awareness of elder rights, and provides training to long-term care staff.

For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Long-Term Care Facilities Residents’ Bill of Rights or to contact the LTC Ombudsman, visit: www.dss.sd.gov/elderlyservices/services/ombudsman.asp

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Note: View the Governor's Proclamation