Why Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Standards Are Crucial for Quality Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently introduced new rules for nursing home minimum staffing standards, aiming to enhance the quality of care for our most vulnerable citizens. Despite some industry pushback, these standards are necessary to ensure nursing home residents’ health and safety. Here, we’ll explore why these regulations are essential and…

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Missouri’s Care Systems Failing People with Mental Health Disabilities

In recent months, Missouri has faced significant scrutiny over its treatment of adults with mental health disabilities within long-term care facilities. On June 20th, a damning report by the Department of Justice revealed that the state had been unnecessarily institutionalizing these individuals in skilled nursing facilities. This practice violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The…

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Can Loneliness and Social Isolation Impact Our Mental Health or Vice Versa?

As the title suggests, mental health challenges may be both a cause and outcome of an older adult experiencing loneliness and/or social isolation. Factors affecting mental health in older adults The overall prevalence of mental and behavioral health challenges among older adults is generally lower than other age groups. The impact, however, can be more…

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Can Loneliness and Social Isolation Impact Our Mental Health or Vice Versa?

National Volunteer Month: 5 Benefits of Engaging in Volunteerism

April is National Volunteer Month, dedicated to acknowledging and appreciating the work volunteers do year-round to provide support to their communities. Currently, 60.7 million Americans volunteer with an organization, a number that has continued to increase since the pandemic. Volunteers are the heart of our communities, and their work should not go unnoticed. Aside from…

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National Volunteer Month: 5 Benefits of Engaging in Volunteerism

Living with Parkinson’s Disease: Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms

If you were asked to stop for a moment and think about the term “Parkinson’s Disease” (PD) or the term “Shaking Palsy,” what would be the first image that comes to mind? It is likely you visualize someone shaking. According to several studies on PD, it is found that many individuals correlate the condition to…

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Living with Parkinson’s Disease: Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms

VOYCE 2024 Legislative Update

Advocating for Long-Term Care Residents As we find ourselves halfway through Missouri’s 2024 legislative session, VOYCE has been tirelessly advocating for the well-being and rights of long-term care residents across the state. We invite you to join us on this journey and stay informed about the legislative proposals we’re closely monitoring by viewing our Legislative…

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VOYCE 2024 Legislative Update

Action Alert: Support Full Funding for the Ombudsman Program Amendment

Stand up for Missouri’s long-term care residents! Missouri’s lawmakers will vote this Tuesday, April 2, on adding $2.5 million to the Missouri Ombudsman Program. The Ombudsman program is essential for ensuring the well-being and rights of those in long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen act as advocates, regularly visiting residents to address concerns, ensure proper care, and…

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