Texas Nursing Homes repeatedly rank among the lowest quality in the nation. The most complete study, published in 2014 and soon to be published for 2016 by nursinghomereportcards.com, ranked and will continue to rank Texas #51 in overall nursing home quality. In November, 2016, Forbes Magazine reported that “the $1.6 trillion Texas economy is the second biggest in the U.S., behind only California.” (see https://www.forbes.com/places/tx/# )
How can this be? How can we be such a wealthy and prosperous state and yet treat allow the people who made this state what it is today (our senior citizens) with such complete disregard?
You can help change this! Volunteer today, and make a difference in the life of a senior.
- Advocates are our biggest need. An advocates works in one or more nursing homes in his/her immediate area. They visit, monitor, encourage the formation of family councils, and respond to individual complaints and work to resolve them. Most advocates need only a few hours a week. Anyone who enjoys dealing with people, is familiar with or willing to learn basic conflict resolution techniques, and is willing to commit to a 4 hour training session and occasional meetings by teleconference or in person can be an advocate. Basic computer skills helpful, but not essential.
- Instructors are people who are willing to learn and then teach advocacy skills in all areas of the state. Training is provided and basic computer skills are essential.
- Legislative monitors work with our legislative committee to monitor the progress of applicable legislation and provide summaries when needed for both internal and external use. They also monitor and report on the rule-making process following a law’s enactment. Diplomacy skills are needed, as our LM’s work with legislators and officials of the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Basic computer skills are essential.
- If none of these categories appeal to you, but you would like to help, please contact us via email or phone (972-572-6330) to ask about other opportunities.