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NJ Elder Ombudsman

NJ Elder Ombudsman Investigates allegations of abuse/ neglect of nursing homes residents. Runs Volunteer Advocate Progr The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) works to preserve the health, safety, welfare and protect the rights of New Jersey residents who live in long‐term health care facilities.

The program seeks to ensure that residents receive quality care as they age. The Office is in, but is independent of, the NJ Department of the Treasury.

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A new training tool - The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA) – helps Adult Protective Services staff assess whethe...
05/11/2022
Sizing Up the Decisions of Older Adults

A new training tool - The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA) – helps Adult Protective Services staff assess whether some seniors can make informed choices about their own care and well-being.

A new training tool helps to assess whether some seniors can make informed choices about their own care and well-being.

With the theme of “Age My Way,” this year’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM)  in May focuses on aging in place ...
05/11/2022

With the theme of “Age My Way,” this year’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM) in May focuses on aging in place – how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in, and engage with their communities for as long as possible.

OAM is presented by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Visit the ACL website for more information and for ways to participate: https://acl.gov/oam/2022/older-americans-month-2022

Recognizing the stress and uncertainty in the world right now, the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental H...
05/10/2022

Recognizing the stress and uncertainty in the world right now, the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services offers two webinars to help you learn how to identify the emotional needs of, and help those in your community, family, or organization. These will be offered virtually at no cost:

What’s Next: Wellness for the New Normal (2 Hours) When: May 17, 2022 1 pm. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvcOigqz8vHNGWMndKAfvjYs9W2hO0X3Um

Question, Persuade, Refer (2 Hours) When: May 20, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodOmvrz4jHdSApqIB2qwBB_c3MvB0Fe-M

Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced a new help line available to support caregivers of adult individuals...
05/09/2022

Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced a new help line available to support caregivers of adult individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Caring for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability is an incredible responsibility, and sometimes it presents challenges that can leave a caregiver feeling uncertain, frustrated or alone,” Commissioner Adelman said.

In partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, help and support is available to caregivers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at 1-833-NJ-ADULT (1-833-652-3858) daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A messaging system monitors for caregiver crisis-level calls that may need an after-hours return call.https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/pressreleases/2022/approved/20220505.html

05/09/2022
On the occasion of Older Americans Month, LTCO salutes Dignity for the Aged – New Jersey Chapter, a recently-formed bran...
05/06/2022
Making a Difference Dignity for the Aged

On the occasion of Older Americans Month, LTCO salutes Dignity for the Aged – New Jersey Chapter, a recently-formed branch of the national Dignity for the Aged (DFTA) advocacy group. LTCO recently joined as a member.

“Hi! My name is [Ms.] Sam Kukich. I started this group in September 2018 when I found my mother-in-law, Rose or "Baba" as we call her, battered and bruised in her room at a Nursing Home in Newport News, Virginia. This was the breaking point for me, as she had been in four homes in the Hampton Roads area, all of which provided less than basic care.” Ms. Kukich serves as director of the national group and Lionel DeCuir is deputy director.

For more information, search Facebook for “Dignity for the Aged New Jersey Chapter” group or https://dignityfortheaged.org/our-story, or contact Sam Kukich at [email protected] or Lionel DeCuir at [email protected]

Learn about our passionate team, and how you can help!

AARP offers a live online Q & A event , “Coronavirus: Life Beyond the Pandemic," Thursday, May 5, at 1 p.m.  No registra...
05/04/2022
AARP Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls

AARP offers a live online Q & A event , “Coronavirus: Life Beyond the Pandemic," Thursday, May 5, at 1 p.m. No registration is required; call toll-free 855-274-9507 to submit a question and listen to the live event at https://bit.ly/3OPSuFw

This program will address how to safely resume normal activities, connect with others, and find joy again now that the worst of COVID has passed. Our experts will discuss the resiliency of older adults and the importance of exercise, healthy eating, stress management, and mental health care.

Join us here for AARP Tele-Town Halls on COVID-19. Experts will answer questions about coronavirus vaccines, boosters, your health and related issues.

The Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC - https://nursinghome411.org) is hosting a FREE webinar for the nursing ho...
05/02/2022

The Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC - https://nursinghome411.org) is hosting a FREE webinar for the nursing home community, "It Starts With Staffing," on Tuesday, May 17 at 1 pm.

LTCCC's Richard Mollot is joined by Lori Smetanka and Sam Brooks from the National Consumer Voice to talk about this vital component of nursing home care. They will discuss existing staffing requirements, the proposed federal rules for nursing home staffing, and other policy recommendations.

You must register at https://nursinghome411.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jf82QsCHSC-CAW0rtHKryw to access the program live. If you cannot attend, video and slides will be posted within a few days at nursinghome411.org/webinars.

Now’s the time to ask your federal legislators to support the Essential Caregivers Act (H.R. 3733).  This bipartisan bil...
05/02/2022

Now’s the time to ask your federal legislators to support the Essential Caregivers Act (H.R. 3733). This bipartisan bill would give residents of nursing homes the right to access essential caregivers (ECs) during any public health emergency.

An essential caregiver is a person, designated by the resident, who can enter the facility even when visitation is shut down. The bill is largely an answer to the distress and isolation experienced by residents during the COVID lockdowns.
Read the issue brief. https://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/issues/EC_bill_HR3733_Issue_Brief.pdf?fbclid=IwAR38U5e0nvr_lI9AOoucvhXczPQ5g6G66_1q3u31dfFJhPkVDrW6KiclP08
We encourage you to share this brief with friends and family members and to contact your members of Congress to ask them to support the Essential Caregivers Act!

Contact your legislator's health assistant from the list below.
D1 (Donald Norcross) Josh Crandell [email protected]
D3 (Andy Kim) Hillary Caron [email protected]
D6 (Frank Pallone) Jake Freed [email protected]
D7 (Tom Malinowski) Eliza Ramirez [email protected]
D8(Albio Sires) Michael Susini [email protected]
D9 (Bill Pascrell) Carrie Swope [email protected]
D10 (Donald Payne) Shahryar Baig [email protected]
D11(Mikie Sherrill)Artin Haghshenas [email protected]
D12 (Bonnie Watson) Alex Huang [email protected]

This month we celebrate National Financial Literacy Month. Here are some important considerations if you or a family mem...
05/02/2022

This month we celebrate National Financial Literacy Month. Here are some important considerations if you or a family member are living in a long-term care facility:
• Residents should be told up front what the monthly rate is and the rate for any additional services. When those rates change, advance notice should be provided.
• Residents receiving Medicaid have a right to keep a Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) for items such as clothing.
• Nursing home residents who are planning to return to their homes should plan ahead to change their address for all sources of income. If Supplemental Security Income is the income source, additional steps are necessary to restore benefits and the nursing home should help.
https://acl.gov/news-and-events/acl-blog/long-term-care-residents-have-financial-rights

Many older drivers retain their skills later into life, carmakers are equipping cars to make them safer, and roadways ar...
04/29/2022
When should older adults stop driving? It depends.

Many older drivers retain their skills later into life, carmakers are equipping cars to make them safer, and roadways are being designed for increased safety.

Still, forces are at work on older bodies that put aging drivers — and those around them — at risk. Aging often brings impairments to vision, including cataracts, macular degeneration and loss of peripheral vision, as well as other physical and cognitive problems.

Many drivers retain their skills later into life, but vision impairments and diminishing reaction speed pose risks.

The “vast majority” of nursing home operators who received a 10% boost in Medicaid funding from the state used most of t...
04/28/2022
N.J. ordered nursing homes to give aides a raise, and most did. The others will face penalties.

The “vast majority” of nursing home operators who received a 10% boost in Medicaid funding from the state used most of the money to boost the wages for frontline workers who feed, bathe and change the frail and elderly residents, Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman told the Assembly Budget Committee Wednesday.

But for those few who failed to give their certified nursing assistants a raise, as required by a 2020 law inspired by the pandemic, the state will take back the money, she said.

The Human Services Commissioner also said low-rated nursing home can't get bonuses until they improve

Bill Borrelle and FACE NJ just received the Circle of Honor Award for Advocacy from Alzheimer's NJ, for speaking up for ...
04/28/2022

Bill Borrelle and FACE NJ just received the Circle of Honor Award for Advocacy from Alzheimer's NJ, for speaking up for residents kept confined and isolated during the COVID pandemic. LTCO is grateful to these leaders and all members for making a difference in our fight against isolation in long-term care. #FamilyIsEssential

[S]he planned to spend a semester in Japan, investigating why its residents have the world’s longest life spans. “I noti...
04/27/2022
Exploring the Health Effects of Ageism

[S]he planned to spend a semester in Japan, investigating why its residents have the world’s longest life spans. “I noticed how differently older people were treated there,” she said. “They were celebrated. Centenarians were rock stars!”

Through more than three decades of research, the Yale psychologist Becca Levy has demonstrated that age discrimination can take years off one’s life.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is less than two months away. One of the many ways you can help build a national...
04/27/2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is less than two months away. One of the many ways you can help build a national elder justice movement is by joining the 2nd annual virtual Walk for WEAAD. You can now register for the Walk for WEAAD campaign, which begins May 1st (the first day of Older Americans Month) and runs through June 15th, WEAAD.

Sign up now at https://weaad.walkertracker.com/ or through the Walker Tracker app, https://weaad.walkertracker.com/ and get ready to walk, run, or do a variety of other activities accessible to people of different ages and abilities.
https://acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/walk-weaad-get-moving-elder-justice

“I made friends here.” Shunned when they were younger, older L.G.B.T.Q. adults have found a community at a senior home c...
04/25/2022
Inside a Home for L.G.B.T.Q. Seniors: ‘I Made Friends Here.’

“I made friends here.” Shunned when they were younger, older L.G.B.T.Q. adults have found a community at a senior home created for them by SAGE, a New York advocacy group.

Shunned when they were younger, older L.G.B.T.Q. adults have found a community at a senior home created for them by SAGE, a New York advocacy group.

With the pandemic now in its third year, thousands of nursing home workers have found a way to avoid getting vaccinated,...
04/25/2022
Vaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.

With the pandemic now in its third year, thousands of nursing home workers have found a way to avoid getting vaccinated, claiming what experts say are questionable medical exemptions from a federal mandate for health care employees, which went into effect this year.

A federal mandate for health care workers was supposed to close the vaccine gap. Weeks after the deadline, many remain unvaccinated, new data shows.

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Anyone know who to speak with when care is not happening to a loved one in a facility when during this whole pandemic you know they are being neglected?
My mother's AL pulled the plug on her camera in her apt after 2 1/2 years. I can't see anything now. What should I do?
New Jersey Did Not Ensure That Incidents of Potential Abuse or Neglect of Medicaid Beneficiaries Residing in Nursing Facilities Were Always Properly Investigated and Reported 08-19-2020 | A-02-18-01006 | Complete Report | Report in Brief Why OIG Did This Audit This audit report is one of a series of OIG reports that addresses the identification, reporting, and investigation of incidents of potential abuse and neglect of our Nation's most vulnerable populations, including Medicaid beneficiaries in nursing facilities. Nursing facility residents are at increased risk of abuse and neglect when healthcare professionals and caregivers fail to report abuse, or when incidents of potential abuse or neglect are not acted upon in a timely manner. Our objective was to determine whether New Jersey ensured that incidents of potential abuse or neglect of Medicaid beneficiaries residing in nursing facilities in New Jersey were properly reported and investigated in accordance with applicable Federal and State requirements. How OIG Did This Audit Our audit covered 4,402 hospital claims with selected diagnosis codes for Medicaid beneficiaries who resided in nursing facilities in New Jersey and were transferred during calendar year (CY) 2016 to a hospital setting. We reviewed a stratified random sample of 103 of these claims. For each claim, we reviewed hospital and nursing facility records with New Jersey officials to determine whether the claims resulted from an incident of potential abuse or neglect. What OIG Found New Jersey did not ensure that nursing facilities always investigated and reported incidents of potential abuse or neglect to the State in accordance with Federal and State requirements. Of the 103 claims in our sample, 79 claims were not the result of potential abuse or neglect; therefore, nursing facilities were not required to report the incident to the State. Of the remaining 24 claims, 10 claims were the result of potential abuse or neglect that should have been reported to the State. However, 5 of the 10 claims were not properly investigated and reported to the State. For the other 14 claims, nursing facilities did not provide documentation, or their records did not contain sufficient documentation for State officials to determine whether the incident should have been investigated and reported. These deficiencies occurred because nursing facility staff did not follow requirements for investigating and reporting potential incidents of abuse or neglect. In addition, New Jersey did not have adequate survey procedures for ensuring that nursing facilities documented all such incidents. Based on our sample results, we estimated that 311 Medicaid hospital claims with selected diagnosis codes resulted from incidents of potential abuse or neglect at a nursing facility in New Jersey during CY 2016. Of this amount, we estimated that 220 claims were the result of potential abuse or neglect that the nursing facilities did not investigate and report to the State. In addition, we estimated that, for 616 claims, the associated beneficiary's nursing facility did not have records to sufficiently document the circumstances of the beneficiary's injuries or condition that led to the hospital transfer so that State officials could determine whether the incident was the result of potential abuse or neglect.
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June 3, 2020...My post to Governor Phil Murphy about Long Term Care Facilities in NJ My mom has been asympotmatic CoVid positive for 21 days now. Her just over 100 bed LTC facility has had 84 positive residents, 44 positive employees and 28 resident deaths. She suffers from Alzheimer's but otherwise is physically healthy. My sister and I are all she has and we have not seen her since March 11. She came to the US at the age of 29 from Italy when she married our father. This hideous Alzheimer's Disease has caused her to lose all her English language and she has reverted back to only Italian. No one in the facility speaks Italian. My sister and I would take turns visiting her daily from outside her window to engage with her and be together. Please, I beg you, please let us see our Mom again. Just today she started not to eat. She is lonely and scared. She is worse than a prisoner kept in her room now for almost three solid months with no fresh air, no sunshine. Please do something for us and all the other families of loved ones suffering because they can't see their loved ones. August 8, 2020... #150daysalone
I have shared your page on my Bless the Abused page. https://www.facebook.com/blesstheabused/ Would you be so kind and shared my page. Thank you
Just found out this morning that this "agency" actually existed. What exactly has Ms. Laurie Facciarossa Brewer been doing? Why hasn't she been included in Murphy's daily briefings???? I have no one in a LTC, but it breaks my heart to hear the horror stories that have happened and continue to happen.
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"Changing the Narrative" is an innovative Colorado initiative to combat ageism and to encourage employers to hire older workers. This culture change work is needed in every state.
New Bridge Medical Center (Paramus) is hosting a free event next Tuesday evening to discuss issues relevant to LGBTQ seniors and their families, including important advice about Medicaid and estate planning. More information here:
Another pointless government entity.
Hi. I’ve shared your page on my page about abuse: “Bless the Abused”. Would you please be so kind to share my page: https://www.facebook.com/blesstheabused/. Thank you.