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Dear Ombudsman,


I can't say enough good things about the Ombudsman program - they're here when we need them (we, meaning the residents and the staff both), and they're worth their weight in gold. I enthusiastically endorse this group of people, and hope that the new legislation works to keep them coming back. I'll do anything I can to help that process.

Jack Jessop-Ellis, Director Nursing St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital

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What we do.
 Ombudsman

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In 1978 Congress amended the Older Americans Act to establish long-term care Ombudsman (a Swedish word that means "advocate") to serve the frail vulnerable elderly residents in long-term care facilities. This was a much needed action and a result of the serious problems that surfaced when the nursing home industry exploded following the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

Residents in long-term care facilities are among the most frail and vulnerable in Ventura County. Because many cannot represent themselves, they need assistance to improve their quality of life and care. The Ventura County Ombudsman Program advocates for the highest quality of life and care possible for all our elderly living in long term care facilities.

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Although federal mandate requires only one visit per year per long term care facility, the Ventura County program, from inception, established a minimum of once a week visitation in skilled nursing facilities and a minimum of once a month visitation in all residential care facilities. This visitation schedule is still in place and ongoing today.

Download our Pre-Placement Counseling Services BROCHURE

Pre-Placement Counseling Services
• Current list of all long term care facilities in Ventura County

• Explanations of different types of facilities, payment options, and levels of care

• What Medi-Cal pays for

The best time to talk about long term care is before you need it.

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Reporting Ventura County
Elder Abuse


Ventura County Ombudsman Office

Stop Elder AbuseThe Ventura County Ombudsman provides Ventura County seniors a variety of services that pertain to such issues as residents' rights, "quality of care," and finances.

In addition, the Ventura County Ombudsman conducts investigations into nursing home abuse complaints filed.

(805) 656-1986

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As more nursing homes receive COVID-19 vaccine, relatives demand greater access to Residents.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Marcella Goheen would visit her husband at a nursing home every day.
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COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long Term Care Facilities

CANHR hosted a Zoom town hall for California residents of long term care and their families, friends, and advocates to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
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Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care.

A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
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Nursing home residents continue to grapple with effects of isolation.

The coronavirus continues to devastate long-term care facilities despite an array of safety measures and bans on visitors put in place months ago to slow the devastation.
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Nursing home residents protest pandemic lockdown: "I’d rather die of COVID than loneliness"

GREELEY — Waving signs that read such things as “I’d rather die of COVID than loneliness,” and “We are prisoners in our home,” residents of one nursing facility staged their own anti-lockdown protest along one of the busiest streets in Greeley, directly across the street from the city’s largest and longest operating hospital.
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Elders Around the World in Their 80s, 90s, and 100s Are Bouncing Back From Virus – and Sharing Advice

People in their golden years have lived through a lot of difficult times. Most remember the six grueling years of World War II, and the rejoicing 75 years ago today when the Nazis surrendered.
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What a breakthrough! This would be a wonderful gift for those who NEED pain management that is effective and non-addictive!

Could UC Davis Professor Bruce Hammock's discovery put an end to the devastating death toll caused by opioids?
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Light and sound stimulus therapy generates a buzz in Alzheimer’s research world

Experts said the new research could spawn a new class of medical devices that treat Alzheimer’s in ways that experimental drugs have so far failed to do.
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care homes refuse to let relatives who complain visit loved ones

Please note: Families and friends can visit any time. Do not allow a facility to tell you otherwise. It's the law.

Hundreds of care homes are banning relatives from visiting elderly residents if they complain, a charity claimed last night. Read Full Story
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Stop SB 503 – A Deadly Shift in Nursing Home Care

SB 503
is a last minute maneuver that would allow nursing home residents to be drugged by powerful antipsychotics without their consent, and termination of life-sustaining treatment.

Please click on the link to download the sample letter below; add your name and fax to the number on the letter. It only take a couple of minutes. Also, read Nursing Home Nightmare. If SB 503 passes, this could happen to you or your loved ones. We cannot let this happen. Please help us stop SB 503!

Sample Letter: Assembly Member Jim Wood

Assembly Member Jim Wood
Chair, Assembly Health Committee
State Capitol, Room 6005
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: (916) 319-2197

Email a copy to CANHR: canhrmail@canhr.org
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Events
Community Events
 Ventura County


New volunteer Training

To be determined

Please fill out an application and return it to the office. You are welcome to give us a call with any questions.

As our population ages, society is turning more of its attention to meeting the growing needs of our senior population. Call 656-1986 ext 100 for details.

Download our Volunteer Application;
Volunteer Ombudsman Application - pdf



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Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.
Ombudsman Program

2021 Sperry Avenue - Suite 35,
Ventura CA 93003 

Tel: 805-656-1986  | Fax: 805-658-8540

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Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc is a 501(c)3 public benefit charitable corporation.
Corporate and individual donations are needed, welcomed and appreciated.
Funded in part by - Area Agency on Aging

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