Community Upset Over Probable Loss of Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

A community is upset after a story ran earlier last week regarding the possible demise of one state's ombudsman program that investigates complaints about nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The program uses 400 volunteers to look into nursing-home neglect and abuse. In one county, ombudsmen last year investigated 122 complaints about local facilities and compiled statistics that allow families of potential patients to see which homes are best.

Now, however, the state's governor has forced out the top nursing-home watchdog, and legislators have introduced a number of bills that if passed would cripple the program to a point of non-existence. News of what is happening struck a raw spot with the families of people who live in nursing homes. Following the story, e-mail poured in. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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