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Long-Term Care Ombudsman

What is a Long-Term Care Ombudsman?

Your Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a resident-directed representative who is authorized by federal and state law to assist consumers with questions and problems relating to long-term care - nursing homes, assisted care living facilities, and homes for the aged. Your Long-Term Care Ombudsman helps residents to:

  • ask for what they want and need,
  • understand what to expect from their nursing home (or other long term care setting), and
  • resolve a complaint, when the resident consents to our involvement.

Your Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman can help you choose a Nursing Home, Assisted Care Living Facility, or Home for the Aged that’s right for you or your loved one. Your LTC Ombudsman can help you understand and exercise resident rights that are protected by federal and state law. LTC Ombudsman responds to residents' complaints and work to resolve problems through education, negotiation, mediation, representation, referrals and participation in the legislative process. LTC Ombudsman also represents the consumers' perspective in national, state and local legislative and policy arenas and through membership in various advocacy groups. District LTC Ombudsman trains and supports volunteer Ombudsman.

Who does the MCHRA- Long Term Care Ombudsman Program serve?

Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties. To ask a long-term care question or make a complaint about long-term care in these counties contact:
  600 Small Street, Suite 102-D
  Gallatin, TN 37066
  Call 615-452-5259
  Email: spitt@mchra.com

Our Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program also serves Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Rutherford and Williamson counties. To ask a long-term care question or make a complaint about long-term care in these counties contact:
  600 Small Street, Suite 102-D
  Gallatin, TN 37066
  (615) 452-1687
  Email: pbedwell@mchra.com

If you live outside our area, you can locate the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serving your county in Tennessee by contacting the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman at 615-741-2056 or visiting the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability website at www.tn.gov/comaging

Resident Rights

Your Long-Term Care Ombudsman can help you understand and exercise rights that are protected by federal and state law.

Nursing Home Resident's Bill of Rights
Residents have the right to:

  • A safe and clean living environment
  • Privacy
  • Information
  • Exercise Their Civil Rights
  • Participate In Or Refuse Treatment
  • Voice Grievances, Without Retaliation
  • Manage Personal Finances
  • Adequate And Appropriate Medical And Nursing Care
  • Be Free Of Physical And Chemical Restraints
  • Take Part In Community Activities
  • Be Treated With Courtesy And Respect
  • Private Visits And Unrestricted Communications
  • Not To Be Transferred Or Discharged From The Home
  • Be Free From Physical, Verbal, Mental, And Emotional Abuse.

Long Term Care Resources

Web link to Tennessee Standards for Assisted Care Living Facilities
Web link to Tennessee Standards for Homes for the Aged
Web link to Tennessee Licensed Facilities
Web link to Tennessee Standards for Nursing Homes
Web link to Federal Code of Regulations governing Nursing Homes
Web link to CMS Nursing Home Compare Website

What Does a LTC Ombudsman Volunteer Do?

Most of our LTC Ombudsman Volunteers do weekly visits to an assigned nursing home - getting to know residents, helping them understand and exercise their rights. Other LTC Ombudsman Volunteers may choose to distribute information or provide education to resident, family, or community groups about our services. We match each certified Volunteer Ombudsman's interests and preferences to one of the approved activities listed below.

  • Observe and visit with residents of nursing homes & their families
  • Work with residents to resolve basic concerns
  • Provide information to the public about the ombudsman program or resident rights
  • Assist an Ombudsman to resolve a resident's problem with a nursing home
  • Follow up with a resident to make sure that their problem has been resolved
  • Provide presentations to community groups about our program

Currently our program has 28 certified LTC Ombudsman Volunteers and we are eager to train and support more volunteers who are interested in assisting us to better serve the estimated 12,000 residents residing in long term care facilities in our 13 county area.

How Do I Become a Volunteer Ombudsman?

MCHRA-Long Term Care Ombudsman team trains volunteers on long term care issues and the rights of persons who live in nursing homes and long term care facilities. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, call 615-452-5259 or 615-452-1687; or complete the application in the Program Links box (above-right); or email us at spitt@mchra.com or pbedwell@mchra.com.

 
 
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Protecting the rights of individuals residing in long-term care facilities.

 
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PROGRAM LINKS
 
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Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Services

  • Helps families choose the right facility.

  • Strives to prevent elder abuse.

  • Advises families on how to identify elder abuse.

  • Works to resolve problems or complaints affecting long-term care residents through investigation, mediation and counseling.

  • Identifies problem areas in long-term care and advocates for change.

  • Provides information about long-term care and related services.

  • Promotes resident, family and community involvement in long-term care.

  • Routinely visits long-term care facilities.

 
 
Meals on Wheels

For more than 30 years, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has assisted elderly residents and prospective residents of nursing homes, assisted living and residential homes.

 
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PROGRAM LINKS
 
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DONATE NOW
 
Make a donation to the
Ombudsman Program


 
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