Elder Rights Activist
advocating for my mom & others
This beautiful lady is my mom. She is a resident at a long-term care facility in my county. I cared for her for many years before she became a resident, and still help care for her now. Since she has been a long-term care resident, (especially through the COVID-19 pandemic), I have learned what it takes to get your loved one and others the attention and care they need. I have always felt a strong love and connection to my elders since I was a young girl. Once my mom transitioned to a skilled nursing facility, it became clear to me that I have a bigger purpose for my voice, it's to help others get their voices heard.
I have found many organizations in the state of California and around the country who advocate for long-term care residents' rights. In my search for support, I made many connections and joined forces to help make some changes for long-term care residents. During the COVID-19 lockdown, most all health care facilities were under new laws that prohibited residents' and patients to have access to their loved ones and the health care they needed, and had rights to.
Through my activism, I was able to help change some of those policies and laws, with the help and guidance of other organizations and activists who had the same experience and passion to help. Today I still advocate for my mom, people with disabilities, and continue to work with my state and county to keep their rights safe.