First Lady LePage Congratulates Excellence in Long-Term Care Award Winners

September 26, 2012

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Contact: Paula Benoit (207) 624-7500

AUGUSTA - Today, at 1:30 p.m., First Lady Ann LePage will join with members of the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at the Blaine House to recognize this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Long-Term Care Award. This award is presented to outstanding direct care workers (CNAs, PSSs , nurses) in Maine who demonstrate dedication and commitment to quality care for seniors.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for quality of life and care for long-term care consumers in nursing homes, residential care, assisted living and home care across the state

As her mother’s primary caregiver, First Lady LePage understands the love, care and effort required of families with a fragile senior in their care. “Every senior citizen deserves to be treated with respect and dignity,” said Mrs. LePage. “These advocates work tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all elder citizens,” she added.

The Maine Ombudsman Program staff is authorized under federal and state law to investigate complaints made by or on behalf of long-term care consumers. They provide information, guidance, resources, and advocacy for seniors receiving long-term care services. The services are free and confidential. Anyone interested in more information or assistance can call 1-800-499-0229 or (207) 621-1079.