April 05, 2019
Resident protection or onerous mandate? Cameras in nursing homes spur dispute
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.
Mary Redford, a long-term care facility ombudsman in St. Louis, testified, “Many of my residents complained about not getting their medications on time and sometimes not at all,” Redford said. “One resident, who’s diabetic, sat with his meal in front of him for two hours before he got his insulin injection. This happened more than once.” Installing cameras would not only help verify allegations of abuse or neglect for the residents but also exonerate facility staff who might be wrongly accused, she said. Read Full Article Here.
March 13, 2019
The Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference on June 13, 2019 announces Event Chair, Laura Wasson, Director of Business Development & Healthcare, Tech Electronics, in the "Cheers to Chairs" edition of Town & Style March 13, 2019 on page 28. View Publication Here
March 13, 2019
Town & Style showcased 2018 Caregiver Awards Luncheon in its March 13, 2019 edition on page 25. View Publication Here
March 04, 2019
KXEN 1010 AM Faith Talk and 104.FM Radio
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
January 28, 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.
January 27, 2019
Jefferson City, MO (www.columbiamissourian.com) - State Reporter for the Columbian Missourian, 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.
January 18, 2019
Highlights of the 2018 Caregiver Awards Luncheon appear in the January 18, 2019 edition of Ladue News on page 22. View Publication Here
January 11, 2019
Cynthia Miller, a dietary aide at Manor Grove in Kirkwood, and Sherrie Campbell, a home care provider with Martha's Hands in Town and Country, were two of 20 exceptional caregivers recognized at the 2018 Caregiver Awards Luncheon in November. Cynthia Miller was awarded a Lifetime Achievement honor for her decades of caregiving. See the full article from the Webster-Kirkwood Times here.
January 11, 2019
John Godfrey of Sunset Hills was one of 20 Greater St. Louis Area long-term caregivers honored as Caregiver of the Year at an event in November 2018. Mr. Godfrey serves as a beloved Community Life Services driver at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Read the full story from the South County Times here.
January 09, 2019
Priscilla Djebbour, Cynthia Miller, and Margaret Golden were three of the 20 outstanding St. Louis area caregivers recognized at the November 2018 event. Cynthia Miller received Lifetime Achievement honors for nearly four decades of service. View the full story from the West End Word here.
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