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December NORC Notes: 40th Anniversary of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

December 3rd, 2018

It has been 40 years since the 1978 Amendments to the Older Americans Act required every state to have an Ombudsman Program and specifically defined Ombudsman functions and responsibilities.

In 1972, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program started out as a public health service demonstration project to meet the needs of residents facing problems in nursing homes. Today, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program consists of 53 state programs and their statewide networks of over 500 local Ombudsman entities. 

This issue includes program highlights and a full list of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s milestones from 1972 to 2016. The issue also includes additional materials to share the important work of the long-term care ombudsman program.

Thank you for your continued advocacy and dedication to achieving quality long-term care for the past 40 years. We welcome you to share pictures, brief comments, or quotes about your work in the long-term care ombudsman program by emailing ombudcenter@theconsumervoice.org.

Read the full NORC Notes here.