Legal assistance is often needed with complicated elder caregiver matters such as medical advanced directives, power of Attorney, long term care, elder abuse, conservatorship, wills, estates, and probate., Additionally, special legal resources are needed for a family caregiver when the caregiver is a grandparent caring for a grandchild. Legal resources for these challenging family caregiver situations can be accessed through our Senior Coordinator, The Area Agency on Aging Office or by calling Legal Services directly and speaking with Mark Earnhart at 970-522-4135
As a family caregiver there often comes a time when support is needed to negotiate the best interests and dignity of family members living in a Long-Term Care facility. Ombudsman educate the public about long-term care before there is a need to make a decision about nursing home care for themselves or a family member. They consult with families to help them choose the long-term care facility that best meets their needs.
Ombudsman work with residents, families, and staff of long-term care facilities to educate them about resident’s rights and quality of life issues. Ombudsman always ask the question “What does the resident want in this situation?” seeking to provide information and advocacy to meet the Long-Term Care Residents and their families desire for safety, dignity and quality of life.
Should you , as a family caregiver, have concerns about your loved one who lives in a Long-Term Care Residence or require information as your explore long-term care please contact our local Ombudsman for assistance.
Morgan County Ombudsman: Francie Young (970) 867-9409 x233
Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties Ombudsman: Erin LeBlanc (970) 630-7714
Washington and Yuma Counties Ombudsman: Marlene Miller (970) 630-7713