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CNA Advocates

CNA advocates are concerned citizens that try to improve quality of care for the residents they care for in their state. This includes trying to create better staffing levels, quality care delivered, and respect of resident rights. 

The advocate groups below are for everyone that has a concern for the quality long-term care and services. They provide support and quality of life for residents and consumers in their state and not just for CNAs.  Anyone that is concerned about nursing home residents and want things that effect long term care to improve, should look into joining an advocate group in their state.

Here are some of the things that advocate groups are involved in

  • They researches policies, state laws and regulations that have an effect on the care for the elderly and disabled
  • They advocates for state and national policies to improve care and address the systemic problems in the delivery of long term care
  • Identifies good practices and develops recommendations to improve care and dignity of the elderly and disabled, and improved working environments for professional caregivers
  • They also teach and empower the elderly and disabled to advocate for themselves
  • Actively engage the government agencies and elected officials in dialogue and action on the desired changes.  

Contact information for State Advocates
Alabama
Alabama Advocates
for Quality Care
Contact: Dixie Kuykendall
ph: (205)674-9853
e-mail: dixiek@charter.net

Arkansas
AR Advocates for
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Nancy Allison
ph: (501)327-3152
e-mail: info@aanhr.org
http://www.aanhr.org

AR Advocates for
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Virginia Cross
ax: (501)884-6728
e-mail: info@aanhr.org
http://www.aanhr.org

AR Advocates for
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Nancy Johnson
ph: (501)884-6728
e-mail: info@aanhr.org
http://www.aanhr.org

California
Foundation Aiding the Elderly
Contact: Carole Herman
ph: (916)481-8558
e-mail: carole@4fate.org
http://www.4fate.org

CA Advocates for Nursing
Home Reform
Contact: Patricia McGinnis
ph: (415)974-5171
e-mail: PatM@canhr.org
http://www.canhr.org

Connecticut
CT Citizens Coalition
for NH Reform
Contact: Steven Kilpatrick
ph: (203)336-3851
ilpatrick@connlegalservices.org

Advocates for Loved
Ones in Nursing Homes
Contact: Maryann Lidestri
aflon@hotmail.com

Florida
Fighting Elder
Abuse Together (FEAT)
Contact: Judy Ahler-Friddle
ph: (321)984-8883
e-mail: ahler_friddle@msn.com

Coalition to Protect
America's Elders
Contact: Barbara Hengstebeck
ph: (850)216-2727
oalitiontoprotect@comcast.net
http://www.protectelders.org

Quality Care Advocates, Inc
Contact: Linda Pounds
ph: (941)743-0987
e-mail: llpsterling@aol.com

Advocates Committed
To Improving Our NH's
Contact: Anna Spinella
ph: (813)837-1714
amspinel@tampabay.rr.com

Georgia
Georgia Council on Aging
Contact: Melanie McNeil
ph: (404)657-5348
msmcneil@dhr.state.ga.us
http://www.gcoa.org

Illinois
Nursing Home Monitors
Contact: Violette King
ph: (618)466-3410
vkmonitor@earthlink.net
www.nursinghomemonitors.org

Illinois Citizens For Better Care
220 South State Street
Contact: Wendy Meltzer
ph: (312)663-5120
-mail: wmicbc@core.com

Tender Loving Care
in Long Term Care
Contact: Margaret Niederer
ph: (217)523-8488
-mail: email@tlcinltc.org

Indiana
United Senior Action
Contact: Robyn Grant
ph: (317)634-0872
robyngrant@comcast.net 
Kansas
Kansas Advocates
for Better Care
Contact: Deanne Bacco
ph: (800)525-1782
e-mail: info@kabc.org
http://www.kabc.org

Kentucky
Kentuckians for Nursing
Home Reform
Contact: Bernie Vonderheide
ph: (859)312-5617
www.kynursinghomereform.org

Louisiana
Citizens Care
Contact: Doris Taylor
ph: (504)896-8912

Maryland
Voices for Quality Care (LTC)
Contact: Kate Ricks
ph: (888)600-2375
www.voicesforqualitycare.org

Massachusetts
MA Advocates for
Nursing Home Reform
Contact: Arlene Germain
ph: (781)890-2244
agermain@matrixpartners.com
http://www.manhr.org

Cape United Elders of
Comm. Action Committee
Contact: Susan Walker
ph: (800)845-1999
e-mail: susanw@cacci.cc

Michigan
Michigan Campaign
for Quality Care
Contact: Alison Hirschel
ph: (517)324-5754
e-mail: hirschel@umich.edu
www.campaignforqualitycare.org

Citizens For Better Care
Contact: Nancy Jackson
ph: (313)832-6387
e-mail: cbcnancyj@yahoo.com
http://cbcmi.org

Minnesota
ElderCare Rights Alliance
Bloomington, MN 55425
Contact: Kathleen Kelso
ph: (952)854-7304 

Missouri
Missouri Coalition
for Quality Care
Contact: Georgia Sanders
ph: (888)262-5644
e-mail: mail@mcqc.com
http://www.mcqc.com

Nebraska
Nebraska Advocates
for Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Bill Seidler
ph: (402)397-3801
email: bjseidler@qwest.net

New Mexico
New Mexicans for
Quality Long Term Care
Contact: J.C. Beverly
ph: (505)864-7534
-mail: jcbeverly@msn.com
http://www.nmqltc.org

New York
Coalition of Institutionalized
Aged and Disab
Contact: Geoff Lieberman
ph: (212)481-7572
e-mail: ciadny@aol.com
http://www.ciadny.org

Long Term Care
Community Coalition
Contact: Richard Mollot
ph: (212)385-0355
-mail: richard@ltccc.org
http://www.ltccc.org

FRIA
Contact: Amy Paul
ph: (212)732-5667
e-mail: info@fria.org
www.fria.org

North Carolina
Friends of Residents
In Long Term Care
Contact: Bill Lamb
ph: (919)782-1530
e-mail: friends@forltc.org
www.forltc.org
Ohio
Families for Improved Care, Inc.
Contact: Donald Greenberg
ph: (614)459-8438
e-mail: fficgroup@aol.com
www.familiesforimprovedcare.org

Oklahoma
Oklahomans for
Improvement of NH Care
Contact: JoAnna Deighton
ph: (405)364-5004

Pennsylvania
CARIE
Contact: Diane Menio
ph: (215)545-5728
e-mail: menio@carie.org
http://www.carie.org

Rhode Island
Alliance for Better
Long Term Care
Contact: Roberta Hawkins
ph: (401)785-3340
www.stateomb@alliancebltc.org

Tennessee
East Tennessee Coalition
on Advocacy, Inc.
Contact: Imogene Newton
ph: (865)531-4638

Texas
Texas Advocates for
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Beth Ferris
ph: (512)719-4757
e-mail: bethferris@peoplepc.com
http://www.tanhr.org

Texas Advocates for
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Gay Nell Harper
ph: (281)488-5291
e-mail: sealbeem@aol.com
www.tanhr.org

Texas Advocates for
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Lou O'Reilly
ph: (972)572-6330
e-mail: oreillyl@swbell.net
http://www.tanhr.org

Texans For The Improvement
of Long-Term Care
Contact: Sam Perlin
ph: (281)933-4533
e-mail: sperlin@aol.com
tiltc.virtualave.net/

Virginia
Citizens Committee to
Protect the Elderly
Contact: Judith Allison
ph: (757)518-8500
www.citizenscommittee.org

TLC for Long Term Care
Contact: Dale Belrose
ph: (703)338-7333
e-mail: tlc4ltc@msn.com
http://www.tlc4ltc.org

Virginia Friends & Relatives
of NH Residents
Contact: Joani Latimer
ph: (804)644-2804
e-mail: elderights@aol.com

Friends & Relatives of
Nursing Home Residents
Contact: Anne Scott See
ph: (540)896-2741
e-mail: asbrls@hotmail.com

Washington
Family Advocates for
NH Improvement
Contact: Mary Gorale
ph: (888)647-3367
e-mail: fanhimg@aol.com

Resident Councils of Washington
Contact: Sharon McIntyre
ph: (360)275-8000
e-mail: rcwexec@residentcouncil.org
www.residentcouncil.org

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Workforce Alliance
(262) 821-4444
Coordinator: Anne Medeiros
info@wiworkforcealliance.com
www.wiworkforcealliance.com

Wyoming
Concerned Citizens For
Quality Nsg Home Care
Contact: Virginia King
ph: (307)266-6659
e-mail: eca@wyoming.com