Texas Ombudsman Program (Nursing Homes & Assisted Living)


About the Texas Ombudsman Program. What is an Ombudsman?

Residents in nursing homes are among the frailest and vulnerable Texans. At times, they need help to improve their quality of life and care. An ombudsman can provide assistance so all facility residents receive respectful and competent care.

Congress amended the Older Americans Act in 1978 to establish the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to serve residents in long-term care facilities. Ombudsman services are available in every state and territory of the United States. In Texas, the Office of the Long-term Care Ombudsman operates in the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

The Texas Ombudsman Program advocates for quality of life and care for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Federal and state authority mandates ombudsmen to identify, investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents and to provide services to help in protecting health, safety, welfare, and rights. Information and assistance in choosing the most appropriate living residence are also a valuable service.

Across Texas, through all 28 Area Agencies on Aging, certified ombudsmen serve residents, their families, and friends. Professional staff supervises the volunteers.



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