Resident Protection or Onerous Mandate? Cameras in Nursing Homes Spur Debate. Jefferson City, MO - This year, two bills allowing electronic monitoring in nursing facilities are being considered by state House members. One of those is the bill Martha Eudaley has been fighting for. The other, supported by the industry, would give nursing homes the power to say no. House Bill 1176, sponsored by Rep. Jim Murphy, R-St. Louis, would allow residents the right to install cameras in their rooms, giving facilities no right to prevent such monitoring. Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, executive director of VOYCE, an ombudsman program for senior citizen, testified for the bill at a hearing this week. She said allowing residents the option to install cameras in nursing facilities could help deter abuse, neglect or insufficient care. Ten states, including Illinois and Kansas, have laws in place to allow monitoring at residents’ option, she said. Read Full Article Here.
VOYCE was showcased on God's VineyardX3, a faith-based, weekly radio program on Mondays from 6:30 - 7 pm hosted by VOYCE ombudsman, Clarence Wilson. Interviewed were Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, Lisa Smith and VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, on VOYCE's advocacy efforts for residents in nursing homes and the need for more volunteers to advocate for the residents. Listen Here to Radio Show by scolling down to God's Vineyard Show on March 4, 2019
Year After Year: Stories of Missourians fighting the system: Episode 1: "They hurt him." Jefferson City, MO - In this podcast series, reporter Sky Chadde, interviews individuals and groups fighting against the system to fight for change. In "Year after Year," he presents "three stories of perseverance, from the personal to the societal. It's not easy to be heard when powerful interests and institutions are aligned, but the people in these podcast episodes illustrate how — and why — to keep fighting." In Episode 1: "They hurt him," Advocate Martha Eudaley and VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, are interviewed regarding the efforts to allow residents to install electronic monitoring in their nursing home rooms to prevent abuse and neglect and to monitor care delivery. Listen to Podcast Here.
Advocates for the elderly preparing to fight for lost funding, new protections. Jefferson City, MO (www.columbiamissourian.com) - State Reporter Camden Jones reported that advocates for Missouri’s seniors will have their hands full in this year’s legislative session defending current programs, trying to secure lost funding and pushing for new protections for the elderly. Outlined in this article are key priorities for senior groups including VOYCE's legislative agenda which he discusses in an interview with VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan. Read Story Here.
Sexual assault 'grossly underreported' in senior nursing homes, News 4 investigation finds. St. Louis, MO (kmov.com) - Investigative reporter, Lauren Trager reported that cases of sexual abuse often go unreported inside nursing homes. She interviewed Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director for VOYCE, an advocacy group for seniors. The story highlighted a new Missouri law that requires nursing homes to call the police if sexual abuse is suspected. The story reported that sex offenders, too, are getting cared for inside nursing homes with close to 100 sex offenders registered at long-term care facilities, sometimes several are clustered in the same home. View Full Story Here.
Missouri woman grateful after lawmakers change abuse reporting requirements for nursing homes. Jefferson City, Mo. - With time running out, Missouri lawmakers added a mandatory reporting requirement for long-term care facilities Friday. Under H.B. 1635, nursing and other group homes must report sexual assaults to law enforcement. Current law only required reporting to the state agencies involved. VOYCE Executive Director interviewed for story. View Story Here.
The Big 550 KTRS host Doug McElvein interviewed Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, about two new bills introduced in the Missouri House allowing cameras in nursing home rooms. Amendments weakening these bills were added allowing the facility to turn off the video and audio at the discretion of the nursing home staff and giving facilities final say on whether the resident could install cameras. Hear radio interview here.
The front page story, "Bills Would Allow Cameras in Nursing Homes," discussed Missouri House Bill 1916 and amended Missouri House Bill 1635, allowing residents to install a camera in their nursing home room to monitor care and deter abuse and neglect. Several amendments to Missouri House Bill 1635 were added which significantly weakened the bill for residents by allowing the facility to turn off the video and audio at the discretion of the nursing home staff, thereby taking control of the camera away from the resident. The amendments also prevent residents from installing electronic monitoring unless the facility specifically permits it in is policies and procedures. With these amendments, the installation and use of the camera would be at the discretion of each nursing home. Testimony from Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, and Ombudsman, Mary Redford, was included from the House hearing on March 27, 2018. Read article here.
"Nursing home staff might come under the watchful eye of video cameras under a measure set for discussion in a Missouri House committee this week. Legislation allowing long-term care residents and their families to install so-called "granny cams" has been introduced in Jefferson City several years running but has never gained much traction. Supporters believe the measure would provide important protections for the state's most vulnerable residents. "The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that about one in ten elderly people is the victim of abuse," says Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director of VOYCE, an organization that advocates for people in long-term care. Read article here.
KWRH-LP 92.9 FM Radio's Saturday morning community affairs show, hosted by Clarence Wilson, interviewed Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director, and Christine Nolan, Program Outcomes and Community Engaement Coordinator, on the issues in finding and living in long-term care settings, how VOYCE advocates for residents, and the need for volunteers to make weekly visits to long-term residents to improve quality of care. Listen to the show below.
This Saturday morning community affairs show on KWRH-LP 92.9 FM Radio, hosted by Clarence Wilson, interviewed Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director, and Katelyn Eichorst, VOYCEconnect Coordinator on VOYCE's programs and services, including how to find long-term care services and how to advocate for a loved one living in long-term care. Listen to Show Here
The Sunday morning show, "We're Having Senior Moment" on KTRS 550 Radio, hosted by Shawn Rimmerman, interviewed Katelyn Eichorst, VOYCEconnect Coordinator on how to assess quality when looking for a long-term care community and determine the right fit. Listen to Show Here
The Sunday morning show, "We're Having Senior Moment" on KTRS 550 Radio, hosted by Shawn Rimmerman, interviewed Katelyn Eichorst, VOYCEconnect Coordinator, on helping families understand their long-term care options and the levels of care they need to begin their search. Listen to Show Here
Fox 2 News Morning Show interviewed the June 8th Long Term Care Conference Luncheon Keynote Speakers: Vanessa Woods, Vitality Ballet and Janice Brennan, Support Dogs, along with VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan. Ms. Woods demonstrated the dance program designed for long-term care residents to maintain flexibility and Support Dogs discussed their pet therapy program for nursing home residents. View the complete interview here.
Our volunteers continue to amaze us. See this spotlight in Town&Style featuring one of our ombudsman volunteers, Dick Corbett, on page 14. Dick volunteers because he loves making people smile. Here's the entire copy of this week's Town & Style. http://townandstyle.net/111616/
Where do our political candidates stand on the needs of older adults and how do they plan to help? VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, wrote a Letter to the Editor at the Post Dispatch outlining what we need to be asking our candidates as we prepare for the upcoming election. Read Letter to Editor.
Tom Prosch, Author of The Other Talk, was interviewed on the EMMIS Radio show, "Today's Issues," about the planning that seniors and their adult children need to navigate the last chapters of their parents lives. Promo to Radio Show. Listen to Entire Interview Here.
Tom Prosch, Author of The Other Talk, was interviewed on KMOX Radio by Fred Bodimer, Health Editor, CBS Radio, to promote June 10 Long Term Care Conference and his keynote on planning for long-term care for both seniors and their adult children. View 1st Interview Here. View 2nd Interview Here.
VOYCE June 10th Conference keynote speaker, Tom Prosch, Author of The Other Talk, and VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Donovan, were interviewed by host Don Marsh on "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss planning for the later chapters of your life. Read Story and Hear Audio of Show Here (audio link in middle of article)
Co-Anchor Dan Gray interviews VOYCE Executive Director Mary Lynn Donovan for Fox News noon newscast on upcoming topics at the June 10 Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference. View Newscast Here.
Noon newscast on KPLR featured VOYCE Executive Director Mary Lynn Donovan who was interviewed by co-anchor Dan Gray on the upcoming topics at the June 10 Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference. View Newscast Here.
The 2015 Campaign video for the United Way of Mark Twain Area features VOYCE programs and services in northeast Missouri. The story of Ombudsman Gene Suddarth at Luther Manor in Hannibal, Missouri is spotlighted to show how VOYCE improves the quality of life for residents in long-term care settings. View Video Here.
Elder abuse caught on camera at Creve Coeur nursing home illustrates how vulnerable residents are in long-term care. VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan and VOYCEconnect and Community Engagement Coordinator, Katelyn Eichorst, were interviewed by Fox News for the 9 pm, 10 pm and next day morning newscasts about the rise of elderly abuse. View Newscast Here.
Earline Walker, host of the 6-7 pm Monday night radio segment called "Care Notes" on KXEN 1010 AM, interviewed Sheri Bilderback, Director of Public Policy, VOYCE and Debra Schuster, Esq., Schuster and Associates Elder and Disability Law. In addition to raising awareness about VOYCE, the show focused on durable power of attorney, living will, guardianship and Healthcare Decision-Maker legislation.
Executive Director Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan appeared on the 11 am newscast on Fox 2 to promote the upcoming Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 12. View Show Here
Earline Walker, host of the 6-7 pm Monday night radio segment called "Care Notes" on KXEN 1010 AM, interviewed Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator Susan Press and VOYCEconnect and Community Engagement Coordinator Katelyn Eichorst on the upcoming Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 12. Other topics included long-term care options and advocacy services for those in long-term care communities.
Recruiting volunteers and advocating for residents in long-term care settings were the topics of Senior Spotlights, a Sunday afternoon radio show hosted by Barb Hellmann on KLPW. Interviewed were VOYCE Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator, Susan Press, and Regional Ombudsman Coordinators, Amy Sobrino and Kayla Steinke.
A former employee of a St. Louis nursing home was charged with assaulting bedridden women. Fox News interviewed VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, on ways VOYCE protects those in long-term care for the 9 pm, 10 pm and next day morning newscasts. View Broadcast Here.
Executive Director Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan and Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator Susan Press appeared on Show Me St. Louis to promote the upcoming Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 13.
Earline Walker, host of the 6-7 pm Monday night radio segment called "Care Notes" on KXEN 1010 AM, interviewed Executive Director Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan and Regional Ombudsman Coordinator Teresa Buehler on the upcoming Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 13. Other topics included long-term care options and advocacy services for those in long-term care communities.
St. Louis Elders Spur Boom In Care Facilities was aired on NPR highlighting the local construction surge of assisted living facilities to accommodate the aging of St. Louis' baby boomers. VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, commented on the funding sources for assisted living.
U.S. News partnered with experts like VOYCE in senior health and financial planning to hold a live Twitter chat that explored families' options for covering the costs of long-term care including: long-term care insurance, price differences among various types of long-term care, how seniors can age at home, and the emotional and financial costs of becoming a caregiver. This chat precedes U.S. News releasing its Best Nursing Homes ratings this February which will include nearly every nursing facility in the United States, offering users a consumer-friendly, searchable database designed to highlight homes that are most likely to meet their needs. Visit Chats Here
Diane Keefe's show, "Caring for Parents Together BlogTalk Radio Show," interviewed Kate Massot, Regional Ombudsman Coordinator on Wednesday, Nov 20 at 4 pm about the services VOYCE offers to residents of skilled nursing facilities and to caregivers who are looking for long-term care options. Listen to Radio Show Here.
VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, and 2012 Caregive Award Recipient Diane Caldwell from Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were interviewed by News Anchor Kelly Jackson Sunday morning, Nov 17 on KSDK Channel 5's "Today in St. Louis" program to promote the Caregiver Awards Luncheon.
VOYCE representative Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director, was interviewd on KMOX News Channel 4 on their evening newscast about thefts in assisting living facilities around St. Louis. Story appeared on the November 6 evening newscasts at 5 pm, 6 pm and 10 pm and the November 7 morning newscasts at 4:30 am, 5 am and 6 am. A link to the VOYCE website appeared on the KMOX website.
KTRS 550 AM Co-hosts Kelly Jackson and Chris Dysart interviewed VOYCE representatives Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Executive Director, and Katelyn Eichorst, VOYCEconnect Coordinator, on its 3 pm Sunday, Nov 3 Radio Show "Law Talk" which focuses on senior issues.
Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator, Susan Press, spoke on October 2, 2013 about VOYCE and volunteer recruitment on KRKE, traditional country radio in Wright City, during the Wright City Lion's Club Senior Health Fair.
Regional Ombudsman Coordinator Kate Massot was interviewed at 8:30 am August 12, 2013 on radio station KWIX 1230 AM as part of a series to spotlight agencies funded by United Way of Randolph County.
Ombudsman Judy Sampel was interviewed by KTVO-TV Kirksville-Ottumwa on August 1, 2013 for the evening newscast regarding a story on a Kirksville/Macon skilled nursing facility.
Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, Kate Massot, spoke on the Mind's Eye Show, "Visually Impaired" which broadcast at 2 pm May 29, 2013 on WSIE-88.7 FM at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to discuss the VOYCE program and how to find options for long-term care.
Regional Ombudsman Coordinator, Kate Massot, appeared on the call-in radio show "Ask the Doctor" at 9:30 am May 21, 2013 to discuss VOYCE and how we help the community with long-term care options and advocacy.
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Program Seeks More Volunteer Ombudsmen: Training Sessions to Be Held Aug. 27, Sept. 17. Read Article
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