Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, visitation to NJ long-term care facilities has been severely restricted. The NJ Department of Health has issued guidance that allows LTC residents to have limited visitation in very specific circumstances. In addition, the NJ DOH has issued visitation guidance for the holiday season. General visitation and testing guidance was issued on October 20, 2020. (See page 22.) Holiday visitation guidance was issued on November 16, 2020. If If you have questions or concerns about visiting long-term care facilities, contact the NJ LTCO.
On what would have been his 66th birthday, the staff at the NJ Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman remember our friend and former colleague Jim Plastine, who died on May 14, 2020.
LTCO advocates for the rights of residents of long-term care facilities and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation. LTCO is the voice of the state’s most vulnerable institutionalized elderly citizens.
You can help to improve the lives of elderly residents of long-term care facilities in your neighborhood. Volunteers receive 32 hours of free training. Classes are forming now.
LTCO Regional Ethics Committees provide much-needed education, conflict resolution, and ethical guidance to facilities and families when difficult decisions need to be made.
Lahkeisha Leach recently marked her first anniversary with the NJ LTCO Volunteer Advocate Program (VAP), assigned to Jefferson Health Care Center in Gloucester. “And I am SO happy I stuck with it. It’s one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done,” says the U.S. Air Force veteran.
“Nearly all the complaints that we receive …boil down to the fact there are simply not enough qualified staff there to help residents with their most basic needs,” Ombudsman Laurie Brewer told the first meeting of the new NJ Assembly Senior Services Committee.” Brewer’s complete comments can be found in the NJ Spotlight article:
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The I Choose Home NJ Program may be able to help you move back into the community with low- or no-cost in-home services.