Elder Justice encompasses not only eliminating issues related to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, but also issues of enabling elders to live purposeful, self-directed, meaningful and dignified lives in their homes and communities. Rochester is the birthplace of a national nursing home culture change movement called the Pioneer Network whose goal was to change the nature of nursing homes from hospital-like holding institutions into meaningful and fulfilling homes for elders. Unfortunately, Monroe County also currently contains the Blossom South nursing home, labeled as “Worst in the Nation” and 11 other substandard nursing homes of the 35 total.
Metro Justice has several members with geriatric experience, including Bill Barker (Doctor), Janet Gelein (Nurse Practitioner), Carter Williams (founder of the Pioneer Movement), and Ken Traub (Ombudsman), who had been active in ALTY (Adding Life To Years) New York, a local elder care advocacy organization, and who are passionate about making changes that improve the lives of elders.
ALTY produced two educational reference brochures, and began to work in coalition with other advocacy groups to accelerate nursing home improvements, increase public knowledge, and strengthen government regulation of nursing homes. Our projects and campaigns include: educating the public and health care professionals by publishing guest editorials and letters [read our D&C Guest Essay]; distributing materials regarding nursing home ratings and how to select highly ranked person-centered homes; working in coalition with the Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) to fight for increased nursing home and hospital staffing levels; and putting pressure on sub-standard nursing homes like Blossom South and the government agencies that regulate and inspect such facilities, to meet performance standards or be financially penalized. You can improve the lives of elders by becoming a member of the Elder Justice subcommittee and/or by simply taking action on recommendations. Let your representatives know today!
More about Elder Justice:
- U.S. Government Ratings of Monroe County Nursing Homes
- Additional Elder Care Information
- Democrat and Chronicle Guest Essay
- Fall 2013 Newsletter Article
- Take Action! Tell your representatives that you support Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act in NY State!
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