KABC NAMES DAN GOODMAN NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Please Welcome Dan Goodman, KABC's New Executive Director.  After a three-month search, KABC Board Chair Molly Wood announced that Dan Goodman has been selected to lead the organization which advocates for high quality care of older Kansans wherever they live. Goodman will replace former KABC Executive Director Mitzi McFatrich, who has been serving as the interim leader during the search. Read the...

Who will stand up for Kansans in long-term care facilities?

Understaffing and poorly trained staff leave some of our fellow Kansans without proper care COVID-19 has already killed far too many of our older Kansans in long-term care facilities. We must not forget them or the suffering their passing has caused their families and friends. Despite this horrific loss of our fellow Kansans, very little has been done to improve the care...

Roadmap to Assisted Living & Your Rights – Materials Now Available

Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend KABC's September 10th caregiver training, "Roadmap to Assisted Living & Your Rights."  State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Camille Russell and KABC Executive Director Margaret Farley did a wonderful job with their presentations.  We are grateful that they shared their knowledge and expertise with us. If you weren't able to attend, or if you'd...

Restoring Visitation Rights in Facilities after COVID

KABC APPLAUDS the new State Long Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO), Camille Russell, for her excellent article in the Kansas Reflector.    Ms. Russell rightfully calls out the ongoing practice of many nursing and assisted living facilities to unnecessarily restrict the visitation rights of residents living under their roofs. It is still happening in too many Kansas nursing and assisted living facilities. We hear...

KABC’s Barb Conant Appointed to AG’s Council

Congratulations are in order to Barbara Conant, KABC's Public Policy/Legislative Coordinator. Barb was recently appointed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to the Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Advisory Council. This council provides expert advice and input to the AGs office as they perform their duty to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute the abuse of elder and dependent adults....

Updated Guidance on Nursing Home Visitation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency. These new federal guidelines greatly expanding access to nursing home visitation, both indoors and outside.  If properly implemented this is great news for...

Nursing Homes are Broken – A COVID Update

“America now knows that nursing homes are broken. Does anyone care enough to fix them? The devastation wrought by Covid-19 created a rare opportunity for big changes to long-term care," researchers and advocates said. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/america-now-knows-nursing-homes-are-broken-does-anyone-care-n1259766?cid=eml_nbn_20210307