Get ready to vote! Ballots for the November 3rd general election were mailed by October 5th to every registered New Jersey voter, including residents of long-term care facilities. If you are not sure you are registered, you can check this information on the NJ Division of Elections 2020 Voter Information Portal. To register, you can print the form for your county and mail it by October 13th. If you do not automatically receive a ballot, you can request it by mail through October 23rd. If you are a LTC resident and need help registering to vote or filling out your mail-in ballot, you can ask a staff member, family or friend. For more information, check out the LTCO Voting Guide .
On what would have been his 66th birthday, the staff at the NJ Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman remember our friend and former colleague Jim Plastine, who died on May 14, 2020.
LTCO advocates for the rights of residents of long-term care facilities and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation. LTCO is the voice of the state’s most vulnerable institutionalized elderly citizens.
You can help to improve the lives of elderly residents of long-term care facilities in your neighborhood. Volunteers receive 32 hours of free training. Classes are forming now.
LTCO Regional Ethics Committees provide much-needed education, conflict resolution, and ethical guidance to facilities and families when difficult decisions need to be made.
Karen Thompson has spent 12 years assisting hundreds of nursing home residents as a LTCO Volunteer Advocate at Courthouse Center in Cape May.
“Nearly all the complaints that we receive …boil down to the fact there are simply not enough qualified staff there to help residents with their most basic needs,” Ombudsman Laurie Brewer told the first meeting of the new NJ Assembly Senior Services Committee.” Brewer’s complete comments can be found in the NJ Spotlight article:
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The I Choose Home NJ Program may be able to help you move back into the community with low- or no-cost in-home services.