The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, September 18, at 3 PM ET to educate on recognizing and addressing the abuse of residents with paralysis in long-term care (LTC) facilities.
The webinar will help people with paralysis and their family members to understand the rights of residents of LTC facilities and identify the signs of abuse and neglect. Attendees will learn how to report concerns to the appropriate agencies and about the important role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which provides advocacy and education to LTC facility residents, in addressing complaints.

The webinar will also offer strategies and tips for choosing a long-term care facility, and for advocating for quality care.

“Residents living with paralysis are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. Through this webinar, the PRC will provide important information that will enable and empower residents and their family members to take action in addressing abuse and neglect as well as to take steps to help ensure that they do not occur again,” says Rebecca Sultzbaugh, Program Manager of the Reeve Foundation’s Peer & Family Support Program, in a media release.

Amity Overall-Laib, Director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC), will host the webinar.

Ms. Overall-Laib served as a local long-term care ombudsman in Texas for six years; in this role, she advocated for residents in 65 nursing homes and 130 assisted living facilities in a 12-county region. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Local Long-Term Care Ombudsmen, per the release.

The webinar will air at 3:00 PM ET on September 18. For more information and to register, visit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

[Source(s): Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, PR Newswire]