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Ventura County Executive Director Receives National Consumer Advocacy Award

Ventura, CA August 9, 2013 – Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of Ventura County announced today that Sylvia Taylor-Stein, Executive Director, has been named the winner of the 2013 Consumer Voice Howard Hinds Memorial Award . The Howard Hinds Award was established in 2005 in memory of the late Howard Hinds, a Tennessee District Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Howard was a true champion for residents in long term care and for the ombudsman program, as well as a passionate advocate on national issues. The award honors an individual who has significantly and effectively advocated for long term care consumers on the local level.


Sylvia Taylor-Stein was nominated by Joe Rodrigues, California State Long Term Care Ombudsman and Tony Chicotel, Staff Attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. In their nomination they said, “Sylvia has been a tireless, though unsung, local leader in what has turned out to be a national movement, and her leadership and own personal experience with dementia in her family has inspired an entire community to re-think its care process for people with dementia, and to focus on the abilities they retain, rather than those they have lost”


“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Howard Hinds Memorial Award,” Sylvia said. “I am deeply moved, and thank the Consumer Voice for selecting me to receive this prestigious award. This work is a calling, not a job, and I am so humbled to see the work we do, receive this recognition.”


Sylvia Taylor-Stein will be honored at the 37th Annual Consumer Voice Conference in Arlington, VA on Saturday, October 26, 2013.


Sylvia Taylor-Stein was introduced to the Ombudsman Program in 1999 and became actively involved the same year. Her greatest inspiration in her life was her grandmother who died at 92 years of age after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years. It was her love and deep respect for her grandmother that influenced her to leave the private sector where she had served in an executive position, and become involved with the exceptional advocacy work of the Ombudsman.


Hailed as the leading national advocate for consumers in all long-term-care settings, Consumer Voice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 1975 by Elma L. Holder.


For over 30 years Long Term Care Services of Ventura County has been providing advocacy and support for all long-term care consumers throughout the county. The organization has been recognized locally and statewide for making a significant impact in improving the lives of all residents living in long term care settings.

Posted in National Award, Nursing Home.

Congratulations Ms. Taylor-Stein!

Good afternoon, Ms. Taylor-Stein.

Congratulations! You have been nominated for a 2013 Consumer Voice
Leadership Award.

We are pleased to inform you that Joe Rodrigues and Tony Chicotel
nominated you for the Howard Hinds Memorial Award. The Hinds Award was
established in 2005 in memory of the late Howard Hinds, a Tennessee

District Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Howard was a true champion for
residents and for the ombudsman program as well as a passionate advocate
on national issues. The award honors an individual who has effectively

Please find the attached letter below with additional information regarding
the award and the selection process and let me know if you have any


Amity Overall-Laib
Manager, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Policy

Image of Congratulations Letter Below:

Posted in California.

Local Nursing Homes Leading Movement to Reduce Chemical Restraints

Dear Friends,

For those who made it to our symposium yesterday, and those of you who
were unable to attend, but wanted to be there, I just wanted to share
the front page of the VC Star today. Our symposium was a huge success,
thanks to so many wonderful contributors and team members and attendees.
We could not have done it without you.

Thank You!!


Posted in Articles, Newspapers/Books, Symposiums.

Register Here for “Building Relationships”

CEU’s Provided for  Skilled Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, & Attorneys

Seats are limited: RSVP by March 1, 2013 Registration $25 includes lunch and materials.

Posted in Uncategorized.

Building Relationships Symposium

Building Relationships Symposium .PDF (363)

In collaboration with the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), we are pleased to host our second in a series of symposia dealing with the anti-psychotic drug usage in elderly persons with dementia. Many of you will recall our 2011 symposium on the subject. “Toxic Medicine – What You Need To Know and What You Can Do About It” was well attended by 250 providers, licensing agencies, attorneys, public guardians and conservators, nursing and medical professionals and interested families. This symposium was the first of its kind in California, and has since been duplicated around the state, educating and informing many on a little known or understood subject.

Now we are ready to take our symposium to the next level. “Building Relationships – The New Medicine for Treating Dementia” will take place March 7, 2013 in Oxnard, CA and we are very excited to announce as our keynote speaker, the President-Elect of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), Dr. Jonathan Evans, MD, MPH, FACP, Geriatrician and Internal Medicine, who is considered a foremost authority on the subject of anti-psychotic drug use by elderly persons with dementia. In 2011, Dr. Evans was invited to testify before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on the subject. His compelling testimony, “Overprescribed: The Human and Taxpayers’ Cost of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes” was well received and has been influential in shaping public policy on the subject.

We are also very pleased to announce that for the past several months we have been working with a dedicated group of experienced and knowledgeable long term care providers and healthcare professionals who are committed to this cause in their own facilities and practices, and who will be sharing, in a series of interactive workshops, their success stories, options, and challenges. They will explore with you alternative methods that are, not only proven and excellent models of care for those with dementia, but also cost effective.

We are inviting you to join us on March 7th at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard (details in attached flyer). We believe that it is important for Ombudsman Coordinators, representatives from the Eldercare community, and anyone else who is concerned about the quality of life, and dignity of the seniors in long term care facilities, to attend this symposium. CEs and CLEs available for LCSWs and Attorneys. CEU’s are pending or in process for Nursing Home and RCFE Administrators, and Nursing Professionals.

We hope you will take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn more about a very critical and timely topic. Seating is limited, please RSVP by March 1st to confirm your attendance.

Best regards,


Posted in Symposiums.