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Ombudsmen In Nursing Homes

Ombudsmen In Nursing HomesThe other day I posted regarding the violations nursing home inspectors commonly miss.  In defense of the likely overworked and underpaid inspectors- -their job its difficult.  They are expected to uncover nursing home safety violations and neglect at many different facilities in a single visit.  I received several messages from subscribers to our blog voicing concern over the inherent inadequacy in the inspection system.

I came across this article which details a potential solution to this problem.  I was mighty impressed with the simplicity of this idea.  For states facing budget problems and in the midst of nursing home inspector shortage this is a great solution.  The program allows nursing home residents to develop a relationship with the ombudsmen and provides the unique opportunity to monitor facilities on a daily or weekly basis.  Well done!

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