The title of today’s article is not boastful – it is accurate and truthful! The National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) is the best, most effective advocacy group for nursing home residents in America. NCCNHR was formed because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes and is the outgrowth of work first achieved by advocates working for Ralph Nader and later for the National Gray Panthers in 1975.
NCCNHR’s current 20-member board, which includes residents of nursing homes, represents the grassroots membership of concerned advocates of quality long term care nationwide. NCCNHR provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and legislative policy development and models and strategies to improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities. Ongoing work addresses issues such as:
Inadequate staffing in nursing homes, particularly all levels of nursing staff
Poor working conditions, salaries and benefits for long-term care workers
Maintenance of residents’ rights and empowerment of residents
Support for family members and development of family councils
Development and support for the long-term care ombudsman program
Minimizing the use of physical and chemical restraints
The high cost of poor care, such as pressure sores, dehydration, incontinence, and contracture of residents’ muscles
Accountability to taxpayers for nursing home expenditures and failure to fulfill government contracts.
Check out the NCCNHR web site – it is full of informative and free information.
Interested in joining NCCNHR? You will not be sorry.