April 4, 2011
A recent opinion piece on OrlandoSentinel.com speaks out against Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state legislators taking steps to weaken the state’s Long Term Care Ombudsman, even though it is cost effective and helps prevent nursing home abuse and neglect.
Florida politicians are seeking to weaken the program by taking away the need for yearly site visits and making it more difficult for Ombudsman volunteers to access nursing home records.
The article says that Florida’s 400 ombudsmen are all volunteers with the program costing taxpayers very little. And a survey found that 98 percent of people who contacted an ombudsmen were satisfied with their services of investigating nursing home abuse and neglect complaints.
Last year the agency performed a record 9,000 investigations in an effort to keep nursing home residents safe.
The article urges Florida residents to speak out against those trying to weaken this successful program by getting contact information for House and Senate members at leg.state.fl.us and telling them to keep the program as is.
Also crucial in the fight against nursing home abuse is contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer if you know of or suspect abuse or neglect.