Board on Aging

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Doyle's budget proposal for 2003-2005 would cut an ombudsman from the Board on Aging and Long Term Care, saving about $75,000.

Some facts about the board:

  • 14 ombudsmen serve as advocates for nursing home residents, including making recommendations about possible violations to a state agency that regulates and investigates nursing homes.

  • Federal guidelines recommend one ombudsman for every 2,000 long term care facility beds; state would have to triple its staff to 42 ombudsmen to meet that standard, although there is no penalty for not complying with the recommendation.

  • Ombudsmen also work with residents and their families when a nursing home closes to make sure they know what their options are before they decide where to move.

  • The board handles more than 1,600 cases a year. It has offices in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Rhinelander.

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