Frequently Asked Questions on Long-term Care Issues Pt. 1

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jun 30, 2010 in FAQs

The following information is from the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care:

My father lives in a nursing home, but the staff hints that he may have to leave if his behavior does not improve. How can the Ombudsman Program help?

Persons may not be discharged from a nursing home without thorough preparation, planning and notice, and may only be discharged to what will be considered a safe and permanent setting. This would include persons who are transferred from a nursing home to a hospital for treatment of behavioral challenges. This transfer may not be considered a discharge from the facility, and the facility has the above obligation.

The Ombudsman Program may be of assistance to the facility in terms of assisting with problem-solving the behavioral challenges and assisting with referrals to other community education and support agencies. Residents and families served with a notice of involuntary discharge under these circumstances should call the Ombudsman Program immediately.

What is a Long Term Care Ombudsman?

An Ombudsman (Om-budz-man) is an advocate for long term care consumers aged 60 and over who reside in nursing homes or group homes or are participants of the Community Options Program.

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