Long Term Care Ombudsman


Long Term Care Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes that serve individuals age 60 and over. Ombudsmen also assist consumers and potential consumers with the process of choosing a facility.

Baton Rouge Region – Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St Charles, St Helena, St James, St John, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

Ombudsman Program FAQ

Who are ombudsmen?

Ombudsmen are individuals who are trained to respond to the problems and needs of residents of nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities.

Louisiana Ombudsman - Elderly Woman and CaregiverWhat do ombudsmen do?

Ombudsmen work to protect and promote the rights of residents of long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen work with residents, their families, facilities, community organizations, and other interested parties to address concerns that affect the lives of residents. Ombudsmen listen, provide information, assist resident in solving problems and help families identify suitable long-term care facilities for loved ones.

What kinds of problems do ombudsmen respond to?

Ombudsmen respond to any problem, complaint or concern a resident may have. Common problems are with the quality of care, food, finances, activities, visitation, and the ability to exercise their rights as a resident or citizen.

Who should contact an ombudsman?

Anyone who has questions or concerns about the care or treatment a resident is receiving should contact an ombudsman.

Peggy Essick, Ombudsman Coordinator

Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
P O Box 66038
Baton Rouge, LA 70896-6038

Phone: (225) 928-8775 or (800) 833-9883
Fax: (225) 922-2528
Email: pessick@capitalaaa.org