Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Ombudsmen are independent, trained and certified advocates for residents living in long-term care facilities. Certified Ombudsmen are authorized by Federal and State law to receive, investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents living in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities for the elderly. Ombudsmen work with licensing and other regulatory agencies to support Resident Rights and achieve the best possible quality of life for all long-term care residents. Ombudsman services are confidential and free of charge.
The Ombudsman Program utilizes trained and certified volunteers to respond to complaints and monitor long-term care facilities through unannounced visits. Volunteers receive a thirty-six hour training, free background check, and continuing education. Volunteers must be over the age of eighteen, submit to a background check, and not have worked in a long-term care facility for at least one year. Volunteers are certified by the State Ombudsman following completion of all required training and receive a mileage stipend.
Ombudsman investigate reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of individuals in long-term care facilities. Ombudsman also visit nursing homes and board and care facilities regularly to insure residents know about their services.
Ombudsman assist with the following concerns:
- Witness of Advanced Healthcare Directives in Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Quality of Care Issues
- Abuse Investigation
- Resident Rights Violations
- Formation of Resident and Family Councils
- Training and Education
- Facility Monitoring
TO BECOME AN OMBUDSMAN VOLUNTEER OR REPORT A CONCERN:
Ombudsman Program Staff and Field Personnel
Receives All Reports of Abuse or to Volunteer
686 E. Mill St.
San Bernardino, Ca 92415-0640
|Rancho Cucamonga Office
9445 Fairway View Place,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 92730
17270 Bear Valley Rd.
Victorville, Ca 92392
|Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley Office
56357 Pima Trail
Yucca Valley, CA 92284