The Ombudsman program was developed to provide advocacy for those seniors and disabled adults who reside in long-term care facilities and is required in each state by the federal government. This program helps residents get relief from abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and inadequate living conditions and gives them a voice to assist them in getting the type of care that they need. This program also works to encourage long-term care facilities to adopt a more resident centered approach that gives residents more choices and creates a more home like atmosphere. The Ombudsman program also provides facility and community education, supports resident and family councils, and advocates for legislation that improves on the rights of long-term facility residents.
At SSP we cover all long-term care facilities in Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties. We have 4 full-time Ombudsman's, two at SSP in Alton and two in our Belleville office. Complaints and concern from residents or others can call 800-322-4049 to make a report.
Senior Services Plus is proud to announce a new partnership as of the beginning of October 2016 with RPI Therapy Services, a local provider of rehabilitation services. In addition to the state-of-the-art equipment, fitness classes, personal training, and nutrition consulting we currently offer, RPI now brings Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy to our on-site services. RPI is a local provider of rehabilitation services that specializes in working with older adults and will now have an office at Senior Services Plus where clients can now receive outpatient therapy while you are here. RPI will bill Medicare and most other insurances for these services, and a physician’s order is required.
“We are excited to have RPI join our team,” says SSP Wellness Coordinator, Lucas Hale. “Their values mirror SSP’s very closely by wanting to provide affordable wellness to older adults so it’s a great fit. We also get to provide more services to our clients and become more of a ‘one-stop-shop’ that we want to be by them joining us.”
We believe that everyone should have access to an affordable health and wellness program, and with the addition of outpatient therapy services, we will now have another option to meet your healthcare needs.
For more information about RPI, contact Shonna Fortschneider, PT and RPI Rehab Manager, at 618-980-4676, or stop by the Wellness Center to meet the new therapy team! You can also go online to their website at www.rpistl.com.
It's coming! Save the date for our annual Sweetheart Dance on February 10th from 5-8 pm at Senior Services Plus in Alton.
More information to come.
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