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.