Sumary of Zooming into the statehouse: Nursing home residents use new digital skills to push for changes:
- But she still thinks Connecticut legislators need her input when they consider bills affecting people like her — the roughly 18,000 residents who live in the state’s nursing homes..
- With help and encouragement from Connecticut’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Bausch signed up and testified remotely before a legislative hearing this year..
- Speaking into an iPad provided by the ombudsman’s office, Bausch testified without ever leaving her room at the Newtown Rehabilitation &.
- She explained why she supported a $12.50 raise in the $60 monthly allowance the state provides Medicaid residents to pay for personal items, such as toiletries, phone bills or even a greeting card..
- After visitors were banned last year, the ombudsman program, a federal- and state-funded consumer advocate for nursing home residents, and the state public health department distributed tablets for virtual visits with relatives and friends..
- The ombudsman bought theirs using federal aid and the state agency provided 800 tablets to nursing home residents last year using money collected from fines the nursing homes paid to settle health and safety violations..
- Mairead Painter, Connecticut’s long-term care ombudsman, frequently advises legislators and testifies at hearings, but she also urges residents to speak for themselves..
- She has testified in person and virtually as president of the Statewide Coalition of Presidents of Resident Councils….