I want to make those of you living in Virginia who read our Legal Medicine blog aware of a tremendous advocacy group – TLC4LTC. This charitable organization is committed to achieving quality care for nursing home residents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Here is a brief summary of this great organization:
TLC4LTC has developed minimum staffing legislation that has been sponsored by Virginia legislators for the last six years.
TLC4LTC was successful in defeating a bill that would have allowed felons convicted of domestic abuse to work in nursing homes.
TLC4LTC worked to pass legislation that strengthens the existing adult protective services law, including enhanced reporting and investigation procedures.
Educational meetings are held at various times and places throughout the year. They are free and open to the public. Planning meetings of the executive committee are also open to the public. Members testify in Richmond and locally on nursing home issues. Committee members meet regularly with numerous related organizations. Members meet with state officials to discuss our mission. Joint meetings of our chapters are held in Harrisonburg.
Training workshops are held for families who want to start family councils.
Locations: Home Base: Northern Virginia
Chapter: Roanoke, Virginia
Time in Existence: 7 years
Staff: There is no paid staff. This is a grassroots organization run totally by volunteers.
Funding: Donations are the sole source of funding. Donations are not accepted from nursing home owners, management or administration. TLC4LTC is a 501c3 organization; donations are tax deductible.
Expenditures: Donations are used for office and mailing supplies, audio-visual equipment rentals, postage, speaker honorariums, website fees, dues to national and state organizations, conferences, travel costs, and publicity.
Membership: Membership is open to any individual who adheres to the principles of TLC 4 Long Term Care as delineated in our mission statement. Dues are not a requirement for membership.
Contact: Dale Belrose, Chairman for TLC4LTC: www.tlc4ltc.org