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Long-Term Care Ombudsman

What Services Are Available

Long-Term Care Ombudsman representatives assist residents in long-term care facilities with issues related to day-to-day care, health, safety, and personal preferences. Problems can include, but are not limited to:

  • Violation of residents' rights or dignity
  • Physical, verbal, mental, or financial abuse
  • Poor quality of care
  • Dietary concerns
  • Medical care, therapy, and rehabilitation issues
  • Medicare and Medi-Cal benefit issues
  • Improper transfer or discharge of a resident
  • Inappropriate use of chemical or physical restraints

What is a Long-Term Care Ombudsman?

An Ombudsman:

  • Will follow your wishes

    Ombudsman representatives follow the expressed wishes of residents or, in cases where residents cannot indicate their choices, the expressed wishes of their representatives.

  • Receives extensive training

    Every new Ombudsman representative completes a minimum of 36 hours of training as well as a supervised internship. After being certified, Ombudsman representatives must complete a minimum of 12 hours of ongoing education each year.

  • Is usually a volunteer

    nearly 80 percent of California's State-certified Ombudsman representatives are volunteers.

  • Reviews and investigates reports of abuse or neglect in long-term care facilities

All Ombudsman services are provided for free and all complaints are confidential.

Who Can Get These Services

All residents of Long-Term Care facilities regardless of age

How To Find Services In My Area

You can locate a local Ombudsman office in your area by selecting your county on the Find Services in My County page of this website.

Additionally, all long-term care facilities are required to post, in a visible location, the phone number for the local Ombudsman office and the Statewide CRISISline number 1-800-231-4024. The CRISISline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take calls and refer complaints from residents in long-term care facilities.