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Mary, a 93 year old female resident in a nursing home had been asking her family about her finances for several months. Her family refused to provide the information she wanted, and she was frustrated. She contacted the facility staff who then contacted our office. We were able to obtain her financial records and provide them to her. Her family had been doing an excellent job of managing her money, but they had not considered her right to information regarding her finances. We also helped the family and the resident work out a monthly system that will provide her with the information she wanted and keep it safe.

During a visit to a nursing home, an Ombudsman noticed that several residents were using oxygen concentrators.  The filters on the concentrators were clogged and failing to provide the proper amount of clean oxygen to the residents.  The Ombudsman was able to ensure that the facility staff cleaned the filters, avoiding a potentially life threatening situation.

During a visit to a residential care facility for the elderly, an Ombudsman noticed that one of the residents required a complex medical device.  According to care facility regulations, the care facility staff must receive training to properly use the medical device to protect the health of the resident.  The facility staff had not been trained, so the Ombudsman worked with the licensing agency to ensure that the training was received quickly.

Frances had been living in a nursing home for one year.  Due to a stroke, she was unable to move her body and she was in bed most of the time.  Frances told her Ombudsman that another resident was coming into her room and hitting her, grabbing her arms and legs and yelling at her.  The Ombudsman was able to ensure that the facility staff protected Frances from any additional abuse.

Mildred has lived in a nursing home for the past six months, following the death of her husband who was her caregiver.  Mildred has Alzheimer’s Disease and needs care.  Her daughter was in charge of Mildred’s money.  She was supposed to pay for her care at the nursing home.  Unfortunately, the daughter was using the money to pay for her own personal items.  She was not paying for Mildred’s care at the nursing home.  The facility staff contacted our office for help because they did not want to evict Mildred.  We were able to work with law enforcement to stop Mildred’s daughter from using the money.  Other family members are now taking care of Mildred’s bills.

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All names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the residents.