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CONCORD ó Throughout the country, long-term care residents, family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others honored the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Week in October.
“This year’s theme, “CARE Matters,” emphasized the fundamental rights of all long-term residents to be treated with dignity and respect and to maintain quality of life. Members of the long-term care community nationwide commemorated the week by holding special events that emphasized the residents’ right to choice, accountability, rights and empowerment.”
Cabarrus County Residents’ Rights Celebration was held at Providence Baptist Church in Harrisburg.
More than 100 long-term care facility residents were treated to lunch, entertainment, bingo and prizes.
This celebration was sponsored by the Cabarrus County Community Advisory Committees and the Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman Program.
The Cabarrus County Community Advisory Committees are comprised of trained volunteers who promote community involvement with the homes.
To obtain an application for an appointment or for more information, please contact Cabarrus County Clerk to the Board at the Governmental Center, 65 Church St. S.E., Concord, or call 704-920-2110.
The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law guarantees nursing home residents individual rights including, but not limited to, individualized care, respect, dignity, the right to vote, the right to visitation, the right to privacy, the right to complain and the right to make independent choices.
Residents’ Rights Week raises awareness about these rights and pays tribute to the contributions of long-term residents.

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