What is an Ombudsman?
Ombudsman (“awm’-buds’-man”) is a Swedish word meaning “representative of the people.” A long term care ombudsman represents Alaskans aged 60 and older residing in an assisted living or nursing home.
What Can an Ombudsman Do?
Federal and State law authorize the Ombudsman to identify, investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, seniors in long term care facilities. State law also authorizes the Ombudsman to resolve problems relating to the “residential circumstances” of seniors who live in their own homes.
Will My Name Be Kept Confidential?
Yes. Federal and state law require the Ombudsman to protect your identity unless you give us consent to release your name.
Can I Help The Ombudsman Keep Older Alaskans Safe?
Yes. We train, certify and supervise adult volunteers throughout Alaska to provide Ombudsman services to seniors living in long term care facilities. Click on the Volunteer tab in the menu to the left to find out more.