What Is An LTC Ombudsman?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

What is an LTC Ombudsman?

An LTC (Long-Term Care) Ombudsman is an advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living facilities. Their role is to address complaints and advocate for improvements in the long-term care system.

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Examples of an LTC Ombudsman’s Work

  1. Resolving Complaints: If a resident complains about food quality, the ombudsman can speak with facility staff to improve the meal service.
  2. Educating Residents and Families: They inform residents and families about their rights and the services available to them.
  3. Policy Change Advocacy: They might work on broader policies affecting long-term care residents, like staffing ratios.

LTC Ombudsman Responsibilities

Complaint ResolutionAddressing individual resident complaints about care and rights.
Policy AdvocacyWorking on systemic changes to improve long-term care.
EducationInforming residents and families about their rights and available services.
Inspection VisitsRegular visits to facilities to inspect conditions and talk to residents.
Legal AssistanceHelping residents understand legal issues related to their care.


An LTC Ombudsman plays a critical role in ensuring the well-being and rights of individuals in long-term care facilities. They serve as a vital link between residents, facility staff, and policy makers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of issues can an LTC ombudsman assist with?

LTC ombudsmen can assist with issues related to residents’ rights, quality of care, and quality of life in long-term care facilities.

What are the qualifications and training requirements for LTC ombudsmen?

The qualifications and training requirements for LTC ombudsmen vary by state but typically include completing a training program and background checks.

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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