iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Judge finds nursing home resident was illegally dumped in hospital E.R.

BY: - April 28, 2021

The agency that oversees nursing homes in Iowa has reversed a judge’s finding that an Iowa nursing home was unjustified in evicting a resident by dumping the man at a hospital and leaving him homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Inspections and Appeals found, however, the eviction was carried out without adequate notice. […]

Department on Aging director poised for confirmation vote in Iowa Senate

BY: - April 20, 2021

Department on Aging Director Linda Miller is poised for confirmation by Iowa lawmakers following a tumultuous year for the state’s nursing homes. Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Miller, a former Republican member of the Iowa House, to the director position in 2016. Since then, the department and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office, housed within the department, […]

State agency reports dramatic drop in advocacy for older Iowans

BY: - July 8, 2020

The state agency tasked with advocating for Iowans in nursing homes dramatically scaled back visits to those facilities last year even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new state report. The newly released annual report of the Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office illustrates a sharp decline in nursing home visits, inspections, advocacy and training. […]

Legislation on nursing home oversight fails to win support

BY: - February 26, 2020

Legislation that would force Iowa’s long-term care ombudsman to play a more active role in protecting Iowa’s elderly appears to be dead for the 2020 session. The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office acts as an advocate for the elderly and responds to roughly 1,200 complaints annually from 55,000 Iowans now living in the state’s 860 […]