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.
“We are responsible to advocate for residents in Michigan’s 4,887 licensed LTC settings with a total of 102,914 licensed beds,” Pung said. “A national study of the ombudsman program from years ago recommended that the ombudsman to resident ratio be 1:2,000. Our state ratio is over 1:5000.” Full article here.