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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

March 2, 2012

Ohio's Long-term Care Ombudsman elected as vice-chair of national collaborative

Selection confirms, strengthens Ohio's role as a leader in culture change

COLUMBUS - Beverley L. Laubert, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and head of the Ohio Department of Aging's Elder Rights Division, has been elected as vice-chair of the national Advancing Excellence in Long-term Care Collaborative. The collaborative assists all stakeholders of long-term supports and services to achieve the highest level of physical, mental and social well-being for individuals receiving long-term care services. Her appointment strengthens the tools available to the state to promote true culture change in Ohio's nursing homes and provide incentive for facilities to adopt person-centered care practices.

Beverley L. Laubert, State Long-term Care Ombudsman
Beverley L. Laubert

"I am honored to play a leadership role in a national initiative that has had a major impact on how states and individual providers serve our most vulnerable citizens," said Laubert. "Through the collaborative's initiatives, we are seeing real and meaningful quality improvement in nursing homes, not just in Ohio but throughout the country."

The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign is a major initiative of the collaborative that helps nursing homes achieve excellence in the quality of care and quality of life for the more than 1.5 million residents of America's nursing homes. The initiative works to strengthen facilities' workforces and improve clinical and organizational outcomes. Ohio's ombudsman's office has long encouraged nursing facilities to participate in Advancing Excellence, and the Ohio General Assembly recently acknowledged the value of the campaign by making participation in it one of 20 potential steps a facility can take to receive its full Medicaid funding reimbursement. These quality incentives steps, of which facilities must achieve at least five to receive their full reimbursement for residents on Medicaid, are based on proven practices of person-centered care.

"Ohio is a national leader in culture change that ensures that our aging citizens have access to an array of high-quality, person-centered long-term supports and services," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Department of Aging. "Beverley Laubert works daily to solidify Ohio's leadership and, as vice-chair of Advancing Excellence, she will leverage additional resources to help us achieve our ultimate goal of being on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing older population."

Mrs. Laubert has been the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman since 1994. Her office includes twelve regional ombudsman programs, 80 staff members and up to 550 volunteers. Among her accomplishments are the development of the Ombudsman Documentation & Information System and Ohio's Long-Term Care Consumer Guide (www.ltcohio.org). She has served as president of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and chair of the Federal Policy Committee. She participates on state and national policy and advocacy committees, and co-authored "Safety, Self-Determination and Choice in Long-term Care: The Consumer and Ombudsman Experience" in Ethics, Law and Aging Review, Volume 9, 2003.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We work with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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