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Fact sheet highlights LGBT information for nursing home residents

October 14, 2013
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) has released a fact sheet providing information about the nursing home-related rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents; options for complaint resolution; tips on reporting abuse; and long-term care and advocacy resources.

The organization issued the information in conjunction with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care’s observance of October as Nursing Home Residents' Rights Month and the Human Rights Campaign’s observance of Oct. 11 as National Coming Out Day. NORC is operated by Consumer Voice in cooperation with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities.

NORC produced the fact sheet, titled “Residents’ Rights and the LGBT Community: Know Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident,” with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and Lambda Legal.

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The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)created a tool for the education of staff,residents and family members of Assisted Living Communities and Long term care facilities regarding the LGBT population and meeting their needs. This tool was developed with the multistate assisted living professionals membership of the NCAL quality committee. The publication is available on the AHCA/NCAL site under the Members Only section. If you are a member this is a great introductory tool to utilize in your AL Community or LTC facility.
Margo Kunze,RN
Member: National Board of Directors
American Assisted Living Nurses Association

It's a shame that it's for members only; it sounds like it's a resource that should be shared. -- Pamela

Thank you very much for sharing information about the availability of this additional resource. -Lois

The LGBT education tool is on the AHCA/NCAL website under members only, BUT, most ALFs and SNFs belong to their state healthcare associations and thereby are automatically members of AHCA/NCAL as long as their association is a member. It is not an issue of exclusivity as you may think. Most of their educational tools are at no cost to you and this way they can still be sure of appropriate disposition of their educational tools. Check with your state healthcare association to see if they are AHCA/NCAL members and then you can sign on with your user ID and password as given to you by your state association.
If you are not a member contact NCAL by phone and ask how to access the tool.
Margo B. Kunze, RN
Member Board of Directors
American Assisted Living Nurses Association