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Friend’s primary public policy goal this year is helping to support the dignity of Medicaid residents in North Carolina’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities by increasing their Personal Needs Allowance (PNA). North Carolina ranks at the lowest level nationally for residents in nursing homes ($30) and in the bottom third ($46) for residents in assisted living. A dollar a day is not enough!   Click Here for more details about PNA in NC.

Listen to the video below from Michael Rubins, a FORLTC resident board member, explaining what the personal needs allowance means to him.

Michael's story is very touching - please consider making a donation to Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care, or increase your current level of support to help us make life better for Michael and residents like him.

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What Do We Do?

Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care (FORLTC) is an independent, nonprofit organization (501c3), committed to advancing the quality of life for the 100,000 individuals who receive long-term care in North Carolina. We focus on the entire continuum of long-term care including nursing homes, adult care homes (assisted living), continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), and home health care.

Mission - Why Do We Exist?

Our mission is to advance quality of life for individuals receiving long term care services in North Carolina. 

Vision What is the impact of our work?

We represent the voice of residents and families in the public policy discourse. Our vision is to empower residents and families and to improve the quality of long-term care in North Carolina by providing a statewide network of education, advocacy, and support.

Values – What do we believe in?

We believe in strengthening partnerships throughout the aging services community by working collaboratively with residents, families, providers, and advocates to achieve our vision.  We believe that by building a sustainable, statewide network of engaged advocates and consumers we will be able to improve the quality of life and quality of care in long-term care in North Carolina. Our motto is "Quality Care, No Matter Where!"

We Accomplish Our Mission by...

  • Being an independent resource for consumers and families
  • Providing consumer-focused information about your long-term care options and rights
  • Helping people navigate the complicated system of long-term care services and supports
  • Offering seminars and training to consumers, providers, and advocates   
  • Building public awareness about long-term care issues
  • Answering questions on our Consumer Line at 919-782-1530

We Need Your Support...

Why Support Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care?

We represent over 100,000 people in North Carolina who, because they can no longer live independently, receive long-term care services. These residents and their family members need our voice, our commitment, and our strength to continue advocating for a better quality of life.

Your tax-deductible contribution to FORLTC allows us to advocate for and support the vulnerable elders and people with disabilities who receive long-term care in our state. Your support enables us to develop new trainings, provide enhanced outreach programs, have a stronger voice in the legislature, mentor students interested in the field of long-term care, and promote positive change for residents in nursing homes, adult care homes, independent living centers, and continuing care retirement communities.

News Updates...

Inadequate Nurse Staffing in NC Nursing Homes Puts Residents at Risk ...

Research has consistently shown that better staffing in nursing homes leads to better quality of the care. Unfortunately, staffing data for North Carolina nursing homes indicate that few homes are staffed at the levels needed to provide good care. Understaffing is greatest for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). A variety of avenues can be used by the legislature to improve staffing and help assure good quality of care for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

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