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Tue, 08/24/2021

But some Michigan nursing homes have made visits next to impossible, limiting visitation to a few hours on weekdays, for example, said Salli Pung, who oversees the Michigan State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Read article here.

Thu, 07/08/2021

“It serves as case law for every guardianship case going forward across the state of Michigan. It’s not just a suggestion: because it is published, this is binding law in the same way that a statute would be” said Shannon. “It reminds courts they do have to apply the correct standard in these cases. It means that if you’re subject to a guardianship like Mr.

Fri, 07/02/2021

State Long Term Care Ombudsman Salli Pung previously said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) that moving such patients to nursing homes was not a viable option.

Sun, 06/27/2021

“I’ve been doing these cases since before the ink was dry on my bar card,” Shannon told the committee.

Tue, 06/22/2021

“Sometimes we see guardians who misuse resident funds or who won’t provide residents with the most basic things, like underwear or consent for medical treatment,” said State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Salli Pung about people under guardianship in nursing homes and long term care facilities.

Sat, 06/12/2021

"These specialized services are not available in nursing homes or other long-term care settings, and the staff in these new settings have not been trained to meet the unique needs of these survivors," the ombudsman, Salli Pung, wrote in the letter. Neither bill has moved beyond the Legislature's insurance committees.

Mon, 06/07/2021

BRIGHTON, Mich.—(June 7, 2021)— Salli Pung, the State of Michigan's Long Term Care Ombudsman, has sent an urgent letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and other legislative leaders, expressing her "deep concern" that severely disabled survivors of auto accidents will suffer "a catastrophic loss of specialized care and services" if two new no-fault provisions are not addressed before th

Tue, 05/25/2021

“There really is no training, educational or other type of requirement to be able to serve as a legal guardian,” said Nicole Shannon, the Systemic Advocacy Attorney for the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative. See full story here.

Sun, 05/16/2021

Advocating for improving quality of life for residents of licensed facilities, like encouraging vaccinations, is the role of the state’s Long Term Ombudsman, a state-funded position created in 1972.

The office, with 18 full and part-time staff, is stretched thin, said Ombudsman Salli Pung.

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