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Technical Assistance Briefs for Long Term Care Ombudsman
Transfer and Discharge continues to be one of the top complaints that ombudsmen report encountering, and these cases can be extremely complex. The threat of transfer or discharge from a nursing home can be both frightening and stressful for residents and their families. Too often, a facility may respond to resident’s difficulties or increasing need for care or repeated questions or complaints from family members by transferring or discharging the resident. The Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987 protects residents from involuntary transfer and discharge.
Ombudsmen are likely to provide information or services to Tribal Elders living in thirty-five states. There are sixteen long-term care facilities in Indian Country, so the majority of Tribal Elders living in long-term care facilities reside in facilities in other communities. This page contains resources and information to increase your effectiveness in serving Tribal Elders.