Question: Those sound like great resources. A friend of mine at work said she participated in state wide or regional family groups when her mother was in the nursing home. What might those groups be called and how can I find them?
Answer: Your friend was probably referring to Citizen Advocacy Groups or CAGs. In Kentucky there are two CAGs: Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform www.kynursinghomereform.org or (859) 312-5617 and Kentucky Initiative for Quality Nursing Home Standards www.kyiqnursinghome.org or (502) 649-7919.
CAGs are groups of concerned citizens who advocate for quality long-term care services and support quality of life for residents and consumers. Members of these groups are often people who have or had loved ones in a long-term care setting.
CAGs educate the public about the critical need to improve the care of residents in nursing homes and advocate for laws and regulations that will ensure that nursing home residents will be safe and comfortable.
Join a CAG today and work with other families to make your voice and opinions about long term care known.
This column is presented as a public service of the Richmond Register and the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass (859) 277-9215, www.ombuddy.org.
If you have a question, send it to Sherry Culp, NHOA , 1530 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, KY, 40503.