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Over the next 15 years, the number of Kansans who are over 65 years old will grow by 40%.  Think about that.  One in four people will be receiving long-term care services themselves or caring for a loved one who needs that support. It could be you. It was 3:00 am when Barb awoke to the sound of the phone ringing.  Barely coherent, she...

Kansas’ long-term care facilities beg for help with ‘price-gouging’ staffing agencies

"Dan Goodman, executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care, said in an interview all sorts of healthcare, advocacy and education interests should be involved in legislative discussions about rolling back training standards for CNAs.  'If you’re looking at quality and looking at long-term sustainability you look at raising the bar instead of lowering it,' Goodman said." Shared from the Kansas...

Please Welcome Devon Plumberg to KABC!

Hello!  I’m both excited and honored to join the KABC team as Community Engagement & Development Coordinator. Like many of you, I was educated and supported by KABC while caring for my parents in their elder years.  To lend my skills and ideas to make a difference throughout the state in the quality of care for seniors and their families...

KABC Welcomes Libby Hastings

Hello, everyone! My name is Libby and I hail from El Dorado, Kansas. I graduated with a B.A. from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. After graduation, I lived in Denver for two years where I grew my passion for non-profit and advocacy work. With years of professional experience in the field of aging, I’m thrilled at the opportunity to return...

KABC NAMES DAN GOODMAN NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Please Welcome Dan Goodman, KABC's New Executive Director.  After a three-month search, KABC Board Chair Molly Wood announced that Dan Goodman has been selected to lead the organization which advocates for high quality care of older Kansans wherever they live. Goodman will replace former KABC Executive Director Mitzi McFatrich, who has been serving as the interim leader during the search. Read the...

Who will stand up for Kansans in long-term care facilities?

Understaffing and poorly trained staff leave some of our fellow Kansans without proper care COVID-19 has already killed far too many of our older Kansans in long-term care facilities. We must not forget them or the suffering their passing has caused their families and friends. Despite this horrific loss of our fellow Kansans, very little has been done to improve the care...

Roadmap to Assisted Living & Your Rights – Materials Now Available

Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend KABC's September 10th caregiver training, "Roadmap to Assisted Living & Your Rights."  State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Camille Russell and KABC Executive Director Margaret Farley did a wonderful job with their presentations.  We are grateful that they shared their knowledge and expertise with us. If you weren't able to attend, or if you'd...

Restoring Visitation Rights in Facilities after COVID

KABC APPLAUDS the new State Long Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO), Camille Russell, for her excellent article in the Kansas Reflector.    Ms. Russell rightfully calls out the ongoing practice of many nursing and assisted living facilities to unnecessarily restrict the visitation rights of residents living under their roofs. It is still happening in too many Kansas nursing and assisted living facilities. We hear...

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