Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Ombudsman: a Swedish word meaning someone who speaks on behalf of another; someone responsible for investigating and resolving complaints from consumers or other members of the public.
Individuals residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, basic care homes, hospital swing beds, or transitional care units may have concerns about the quality of their care or that their rights as a resident are not being honored. The long term care ombudsman is an advocate for the resident and seeks to resolve complaints to the resident's satisfaction.
The State Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman Program:
The Program Serves:
Referrals are accepted from and information and consultation with a "resident rights" perspective are offered to:
Services are provided by local long-term care ombudsmen based across the state at the department's Regional Human Service Centers and by volunteer ombudsmen.
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Brochure (Updated May 2017)
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Annual Report (Federal Fiscal Year 2017)
To Report a Concern or Get Information:
- Report a concern online by completing and submitting the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Complaint Form (SFN 1829), or
- Sending an encrypted email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Contacting the ND Aging & Disability Resource LINK at www.carechoice.nd.gov or at toll-free 855-462-5465, select option 3 and ask for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ombudsman, please contact the number above and ask for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
Long-Term Care Facility Residents' Rights Information