TAVARES — Lake County Commissioners proclaimed the month of October as “National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights” month at the county commission meeting held Oct. 8.
Individuals and organizations across the country will be celebrating Residents’ Rights Month with the theme, “Speak Out Against Elder Abuse,” to recognize and emphasize the importance of proper care for elderly individuals.
“All residents should be aware of their rights so they may be empowered to live with dignity and self-determination,” said Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, District 2. “By declaring the month of October as ‘National Long-Term Care Resident’s Rights’ month in Lake County, we honor and celebrate these citizens and recognize their rich individuality, and reaffirm their sense of safety, as well as the right to have a say in their care.”
More than 1.5 million individuals are living in 16,000 nursing homes; and 1 million individuals are living in 50,000 board and care-assisted living facilities in the United States, with the number of residents expected to almost double by 2030.
The federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 guarantees residents their individual rights in order to promote and maintain their dignity and autonomy.
For more information about ensuring the proper care of elderly individuals who live in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, contact the Lake County Health and Human Services Division at 352-742-6520.