The California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is the state program responsible to investigate and resolve complaints made by individuals (or their representatives) residing in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Last week, when the California budget was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, he cut state funding for the ombudsman program.
The decision has not gone over well with elder care advocates. The governor’s cuts removes roughly 15% of the budget for the program, which translates into a loss of 1.25 of every 3.7 positions.
To contact your local ombudsman’s office call the appropriate telephone number in the geographical area the incident leading to the complaint occurred.
Region I Santa Monica (310) 899-1483
Region II Los Angeles (213) 617-8957
Region III Reseda (818) 757-1580
Region IV Pasadena (626) 793-3510
Region V Lakewood (562) 925-2346
Region VI San Dimas (909) 394-0416
Region VII Lancaster (661) 945-5563
Region VIII Burbank (818) 563-1957
Orange (714) 479-0107, (800) 300-6222
Riverside (951) 686-4402, (800) 464-1123
San Bernardino (909) 891-3928, (866) 229-0284
San Diego (858) 560-2507, (800) 640-4661
Walton Law Firm LLP represents people who have been victimized by elder abuse, elder neglect, mistreatment, and nursing malpractice. Cases are accepted in the counties of San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Imperial.