Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Annual Report 2008, January 2009

(2009) Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Annual Report 2008, January 2009. Aging, Department of (Elder Affairs, Department of)

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Abstract

The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program operates as a unit within the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs. Duties of all long-term care ombudsmen are mandated by the Older Americans Act. This office serves people living in nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities, nursing facilities in hospitals, elder group homes and assisted living programs. The long-term care system in Iowa has changed significantly over the past 10 years. Local long-term care ombudsman programs in Iowa are now well established. Iowa still ranks near the bottom of 53 ombudsman programs in the nation for ratio of paid staff to residents with one ombudsman for each 7,400 residents compared to the national average of one ombudsman for each 2,174 residents. The Resident Advocate Committee Program remains stable at 2400 volunteers and Iowa continues to be the only state in the nation with this type of program. Because volunteers do not receive training as required by the Administration on Aging, volunteers are not certified volunteer ombudsmen and the work done by these volunteers cannot be included in Iowa’s annual federal reports. With the changing population living in long-term care facilities, this volunteer job is much more challenging than in the past. Helping to build a long-term care system in Iowa that provides individualized, person-directed quality care is the long-term goal for this office.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Ombudsman, Long Term Care, Nursing Home, Advocate, Aging
Subjects: Social issues and programs
Health and medicine > Healthcare > Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Social issues and programs > Aging > Nursing homes and assisted living facilities and reports
Social issues and programs > Aging
ID Code: 6877
Deposited By: Ms. Katie Mulford
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2009 21:21
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2009 21:21
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/6877

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