The Massachusetts Senior Care Association is active in representing the legislative and regulatory priorities of the senior care community before the Massachusetts legislature, state and federal agencies, and the United States Congress.
Each Mass Senior Care member can help by participating in the following steps to help build the essential support needed to promote quality nursing home care. Contact the Mass Senior Care office if you need assistance in scheduling meetings or materials.
- Urge Your Community to Join the Answering the Call to Care Campaign at www.MACallToCare.org
- Attend State House Meetings with Local Elected Officials
- Host a Legislative Breakfast in Your Facility
- Participate in Legislative Action Alerts
- Rally at State House Advocacy Day on May 19, 2020
Your Elected Officials Need to Hear from You!
Members of the Legislature value their constituents’ opinions and it is critical that we offer them the opportunity to see first-hand the quality care that we provide. Mass Senior Care staff can help you schedule facility tours and provide tips for communicating with elected officials. The Answering the Call to Care Campaign Toolkit is designed to assist you in your advocacy efforts including step-by-step guides on how to contact and communicate with your legislators, tips on hosting a legislative breakfast and tour, media releases and follow up letters.
- Tips For Communication With Your Legislators
Find several tips to assist you when meeting, calling or writing your legislators. When communicating with your legislators, it is always helpful to be brief, specific and to illustrate how the issue will affect the individuals who reside or work within the legislator’s district.
- Host a Legislative Breakfast or Facility Tour
Events like Legislative Breakfasts or facility tours have proven to be one of the long term care community’s best grassroots advocacy tools. Your facility tour will enable policymakers to meet caregivers and residents while seeing firsthand the daily operations of your facility. We have tips and tools available to help you. Check out our “How To” Guide to Host a Legislative Breakfast at your facility.
Quality Jobs for Quality Care
The Path to a Living Wage for Nursing Home Workers
Since November 2015, Mass Senior Care along with other consumer and workforce organizations have been actively advocating for the Nursing Home Quality Jobs Initiative, which would provide nursing home staff with a pathway to a living wage, greater career advancement opportunities and promote a supportive work environment. A living wage for all nursing home staff is essential to ensure that workers can better support their families and help stabilize the workforce caring for frail elders and individuals with disabilities in nursing homes across the Commonwealth.Learn more at www.promisetocare.org.
- Mass Senior Care Legislative Priorities
- Answering the Call to Care Campaign
- Quality Jobs for Quality Care Campaign
- Find My State Legislators
- Find My Election Information
- Find Massachusetts Bills & Laws
Do you want to get involved and need more information, please contact Jennifer Chen at Mass Senior Care.