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LTC Resource Network Community Guidelines (Revised 2/24/2014)

As an online community of intelligent and experienced long term care professionals, we have a variety of opinions on some topics.  LTC Resource Network, LLC welcomes this diversity, and asks that all of our participants adhere to these guidelines:
Be helpful, not hurtful.
This should be self-explanatory, but here are some specifics:
  • Avoid posting content that is deliberately hostile, insulting, provocative, bigoted, etc. Personal attacks and hate speech are expressly forbidden.
  • Spam or content that is irrelevant to the question will also be removed.
  • Avoid posting comments that are unsupported by specific facts regarding regulations or any other matter under discussion.
  • Avoid writing "hire an attorney" as your sole answer to a question. We understand that this may be the right answer for that particular question, but readers benefit from elaboration: explain WHY hiring an attorney is important in this case.
  • Do not use the Community Forum for any purpose in violation of local, state, national, or international laws.
  • Refrain from posting material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
Safety First
Through the online Forum, ltcresource.net allows health information professionals and users, such as you, to post questions on the website so that other health information professionals can respond with their experiences on the topic.  No personal, resident or facility information should be shared in these exchanges; only general “what if” questions. Questions and answers are posted publicly on the site.  Please be advised that exchange answers posted here have not necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information. LTC Resource Network, LLC cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here.

If you need specific advice (for example: medical, legal, or risk management) please seek a professional who is certified or licensed in that area.

You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type to the Public Areas that infringe or violate any rights of any party. By submitting communications or content to the Public Areas, you agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.

When posting questions or comments, we ask that you don't give out personal information such as home or email addresses, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, social security numbers, passwords, etc. You may contact professionals directly from email links and then determine if such information is required.

Self Promotion
Health care professionals should not directly solicit clients as part of an answer, disclaimer, guide, or peer endorsement. Examples of direct solicitations are language such as "call me, contact me, go to my website for further information, etc". Similarly, do not add contact information or links to your website in answers. Such information may be removed. The content of your postings should always remain non-commercial in tone.

Originality Counts
Think before you post and stay on topic. Answers that don't specifically address the question may be removed.

Terms
LTC Resource Network, LLC does not select, screen, approve, endorse or limit who can post "Professional Information", including those who contribute responses to the Forum.  In addition, although we reserve the right to review, remove or edit any content from the site, we do not routinely screen, monitor, or review the content of any such Professional Information. As a result, we have no control over and we do not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, applicability, completeness, currency or quality of any such Professional Information or the qualifications of those posting Professional Information. LTC Resource Network, LLC SHALL HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION YOU ENCOUNTER ON OR THROUGH THE SITE, AND ANY USE OR RELIANCE ON PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you make any submissions you agree that you will not send or transmit to ltcresource.net by email, (including through the email addresses listed on the "Contact Us" page) any communication or content that infringes or violates any rights of any party. If you submit any business information, form, idea, concept or invention via email, you agree such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.

When you use the Forum, you are solely responsible for your own communications, the consequences of posting those communications, and your reliance on any communications found on the site. LTC Resource Network, LLC, nor its owners or staff are responsible for the consequences of any communications in the Forum. In cases where you feel threatened or believe someone else is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

LTC Resource Network, LLC Reserves the Right (but is Not Obligated) to Do Any or All of the Following:
  1. Investigate an allegation that a communication does not conform to the terms of this section and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication.
  2. Remove communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Terms and Conditions.
  3. Terminate a user's access to any or all Forums and/or the ltcresource.net site upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  4. Monitor, edit, or disclose any communication in the Forum.
  5. Edit or delete any communication posted on the ltcresource.net site, regardless of whether such communication violates these standards.
LTC Resource Network, LLC or its licensors have no liability or responsibility to users of the ltcresource.net site or any other person or entity for performance or nonperformance of the aforementioned activities.

We appreciate your compliance with these guidelines. While we are devoted to free speech, we reserve the right to remove posts that do not respect these guidelines or that detract significantly from our users' experience on the site. Failure to comply with any of these guidelines may also result in the temporary or permanent loss of posting privileges.

If you have any questions, or to report any infractions, please contact us.  We try to answer every forum question and email in a timely manner, but are not always able to do so.


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