On October 3, 2018, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal joined with Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn Crittenden, Division of Aging Services Director Abby Cox, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Melanie McNeil, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Council members, volunteers, and the staff of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to proclaim the month of October as “Residents’ Rights Month”.
In 2018, more than 1,000 nursing home residents from across the state sent letters and petitions to Governor Deal and their state House and Senate members asking for an increase in the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA). Governor Deal and the members of the Georgia General Assembly responded positively. Funds were recommended in the governor’s budget and increased by the legislature so that all residents will now have a PNA of $65 – an increase of $15 per month. Many of the Ombudsman Representatives across the state encouraged and facilitated the effort. In addition, Governor Deal signed several bills including SB 406 related to long-term care background checks and HB 803 related to trafficking an individual for his or her benefits.
We strongly encourage the community to participate in Residents’ Rights Month activities and to visit residents, who continue to be important members of our communities. Our staff and volunteers advocate for Georgia’s long-term care facility residents empowering residents to exercise their rights to make their own decisions.
Submitted by the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office.
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Please click below to access the report that covers the description, results, and lessons learned from the mini-grants awarded this spring by GGS! These organizations used different methods for reaching direct care workers for training and education including online and in-person. This project began with the research and work from the GARD Service Delivery work group in addressing barriers to training. This work aligns with goals of the GARD State Plan to increase education and training for direct care workers.
Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the United States. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects 29.1 million people, or approximately 9.3 percent of the population. This percentage is expected to increase (Source: Lin et al. Population Health Metrics (2018) 16:9 Projection of the future diabetes burden in the United States through 2060). Health disparities in diabetes exist among racial/ethnic and other populations such as rural and low-income, resulting in higher rates of
diabetes in these communities.
In order to improve health equity by improving health literacy and quality of care among people with diabetes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), a self-management education program offering evidence-based workshops in targeted communities. EDC is administered in Georgia by Alliant Quality using trained diabetes peer educators to provide free six-week workshops throughout the state. To learn more about the EDC program, and how to refer your patients to a local workshop – or how we can provide our six-week workshops in your practice – please contact Jeana Partington, Diabetes Task Manager at 919-745-4729 or Jeana.Partington@alliantquality.org.
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