Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Ombudsman

AAA Elder Rights & Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The Boulder County Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) Program is a free, confidential service for residents of nursing homes and assisted living homes. Residents of these homes have Federally regulated rights, Long Term Care Ombudsmen advocate for these rights, working with and for residents to achieve quality of care and life. The services of the Ombudsman can be used by residents, their friends and relatives, staff, and the general public.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

  • Help residents link to resources and services
  • Identify, investigate, and problem-solve residents’ concerns about care and their rights as residents
  • Assist staff in meeting the needs and concerns of residents through education and consultation
  • Provide information to the community about long-term care and about local options

To Contact an Ombudsman:

Phone: 303-441-1173
Email: infoLTCO@bouldercounty.org

Elder Rights

Elder abuse is vastly under-reported. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans age 60 and older experiences abuse each year with many experiencing multiple forms. Below are a few signs of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

Does a spouse or partner, family member, friend or caregiver:

  • Keep you from seeing other family or friends?
  • Control your activities and whereabouts?
  • Threaten to hurt you, him/herself or pets?
  • Take your money to pay their bills?
  • Neglect or ignore your health, care or emotional needs?

If you’ve said yes to any of these, or you’ve witnessed an older adult being treated in any of these ways, call Adult Protective Services, 303-441-1309. Call 911 in an emergency.

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging works to protect the rights of elders to live safely, with dignity and to be free from abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. The program provides community education on the warning signs of abuse and what to do about it.

For more information on scheduling an educational presentation on elder rights:
Phone: 303-441-1170
Email: infoElderRights@bouldercounty.org

Did You Know?

  • The sad reality is that most cases of elder abuse are perpetrated by known and trusted others, particularly family members, including adult children, spouses and other relatives plus caregivers, neighbors, acquaintances.
  • One in ten Americans age 60+ experiences abuse each year, and many experience it in multiple forms.
  • Education and public awareness is critical to prevention: the abuse is most often not reported and elders who are socially isolated have a higher risk of being abused.
  • That all of us being good citizens is the best defense against it: Recognize abuse, Respond and Report the abuse to the authorities so they can investigate it.

Contact Us

Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging

Main: 303-441-3570

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