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KABC is Hiring!

Kansas Advocates for Better Care is seeking a committed, dynamic leader to advance good, safe long-term care for older Kansans and the public programs and policies which are foundational to better elder care. KABC is a consumer advocacy non-profit organization. Our small staff and volunteer board of directors have an out-sized impact on long-term care quality for individual older...

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...

Stand By Me 2021 – WE REACHED OUR GOAL!!

We at KABC can not thank you enough for all the support you have shown the older adults and families we serve throughout the Stand By Me 2021 event. This year we set out to raise $55,000 to underwrite our advocacy, resources, caregiver trainings, and one-on-one guidance and support. Thanks to generous donors like yourself, we surpassed that goal!...

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

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