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CANHR Celebrates 35 Years of Advocacy


On Saturday, May 4, CANHR’s staff and supporters celebrated CANHR’s 35th Anniversary with a celebratory dinner and live auction Gala held at San Francisco State University’s Towers Conference Center. Over 200 CANHR donors and supporters turned out to celebrate CANHR’s 35 years of advocacy.

Originally founded in 1983 as Bay Area Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, with the goal of improving the quality of care and quality of life for California’s long

< Senator Mark Leno delivers the Keynote speech at CANHR’s Gala
term care consumers, we quickly realized that long term care is not just about nursing homes, and that the problems faced by consumers went far beyond the Bay Area. In 1990, “BANHR” became “CANHR”, (i.e., California Advocates), and we expanded our services to all of California through our web site, our 800# hotline and our outreach. We also greatly extended our work to focus on legal services support and advocacy around residential care, continuing care, long term care funding, elder abuse and, most importantly, alternatives to institutionalized care.

It has been a remarkable 35 years with CANHR, and we can look back on many accomplishments in the policy, legislative and litigation arenas. Most importantly, we can be proud of the thousands of consumers we have been able to help on a day to day basis – whether helping consumers to steer through the Medi-Cal maze; or assisting with Medi-Cal recovery claims, resident rights, transfer appeals or other concerns. It is the consumers who have informed our work, and it is those consumers whom we were unable to help who keep us working for better care, stronger laws and better enforcement.

CANHR is grateful to the many people who have supported our work over the years by volunteering their time, their financial contributions, and their advocacy. We also thank the many GALA sponsors for making our first major event a success. We know that as long as long term care consumers continue to suffer neglect and abuse, as long as there continue to be barriers to affordable and accessible alternatives to institutionalization and as long as our elders continue to be denied the services they so desperately need, we will continue our advocacy.

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