Nursing Home & Adult Home Advocacy
Ensure quality care for Long Island’s seniors.
“Ombudsperson” is a Swedish name for a person who acts as a Citizen Representative. An Ombudsperson is a state-certified volunteer with legal access to nursing homes, adult homes and assisted living facilities in Nassau County.
- Protect residents’ rights
- Resolve concerns about care for residents and their families; many residents have neither friends nor family to advocate for them
- Encourage cooperation with facility management and regulatory agencies to improve the lives of residents
- Educate the community about the services
- Alert persons to health care fraud and abuse
Advocates make a difference. When you join Ombudservice, you become a volunteer advocate for seniors who live in nursing, adult and assisted living homes.Training
Before placement, each Ombudsperson receives 36 hours of training, which leads to certification from the New York State Office for the Aging. After placement in a facility, a supervisor is available to help with problems.
Ongoing training is provided through seminars and conferences.
- Individuals motivated to improve the quality of life for institutionalized persons
- Those who are physically & emotionally capable of meeting the demands of an advocate’s role
- Individuals willing to commit a minimum of five hours per week for two years
Did you know?
The growth rate for the over-55 population in Nassau County is six times greater than for our overall population.
The New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program services are made possible through funding from the New York State Office for the Aging and U.S. Administration on Community Living.