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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Feb. 8, 2011

State Ombudsman discusses person-centered care on "Finer With Age"

Experts join in the conversation and share personal experiences

COLUMBUS - In the February episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers, Beverley Laubert, the State of Ohio Long-term Care Ombudsman, guests hosts and chats with Vicky Bartlett, the president and CEO of Sunset Retirement Communities in Toledo.

"As the State Ombudsman, my job is to advocate for quality improvement. Promoting person-centered care is a positive, proactive, and frankly fun part of that work," said Laubert. "Our guests today bring different perspectives to the discussion and I know we will learn a lot and leave today's program with more energy to support positive long-term care experiences."

In the program's second segment, Laubert is joined by Micki Horst, whose brother-in-law resides in a nursing home. Horst shares her personal perspective from being both a family member and regional ombudsman.

"The trend of nursing homes to embrace a person-centered care philosophy makes a person the primary authority on his or her life," said Laubert. "By giving their residents a voice and then listening to what they have to say, many nursing homes have taken steps to improve quality of life not only for the resident, but for the resident's family members, as well."

"Finer With Age" is produced monthly by the Ohio Department of Aging and is broadcast on select cable access and public broadcasting stations throughout the state. Check your local listings or contact your cable provider for air times. Viewers also may watch current and recent episodes on the program's website, FinerWithAge.com.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

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