Advocate for those who can’t, support those who can,
and ensure all long-term care consumers live with dignity and
respect.”

What Is An Ombudsman? The word “Ombudsman” is a Swedish word
meaning “citizen representative”. The Ombudsman is actively involved in assuring
that consumers of long term care receive the level of care and quality of life
that they deserve. The Ombudsman is concerned with the individuals’ health,
safety, welfare and rights. A trained Ombudsman is available at the Aging Office
to serve as a mediator and to investigate and resolve complaints which are made
by or on behalf of persons over the age of 60 who are receiving long-term care
services. The Ombudsman provides a mechanism for people to voice their concerns,
to have their complaints addressed, and to work with all parties in an effort to
solve a problem.

The staff Ombudsman will assist residents of Nursing and
Personal Care Homes (or their relatives and friends), or aid individuals who are
receiving long-term care services in their own homes and community. Typical
complaints which are handled by the Ombudsman include: concerns about the
quality of care or treatment of a resident of a long-term care facility;
problems with billing and charges (eg. Medicare and Medicaid); complaints
regarding transfers, discharges, or change in services; or appeal
procedures.

You may contact the Agency Ombudsman by calling
570-253-4262.