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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Welcome Margaret Farley to KABC!

"It has been an honor and a privilege to advocate alongside older Kansans and those who care about aging adults to improve long-term care in our State for the past 13 years."  Mitzi McFatrich, KABC's executive director since 2007 is stepping out of that role the end of December. KABC is welcoming Margaret Farley, JD, BSN and former registered nurse,...

CoronaVirus Crisis Campaign

In the wake of the CoronaVirus epidemic, the elderly are among the most at risk.  Extreme and unprecedented measures have been taken to stop the spread among older adults.  KABC’s advocacy is needed now more than ever to assure that elder and family concerns have a strong public voice. Aging adults in the community are challenged to find adequate resources...

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