Advocacy Services for The Elderly – 1

 The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons.

The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training, and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations, and other groups working on issues of aging.

Although this resource is specifically designed for lawyers, you can learn about services you wouldn’t know existed without checking on it.  You will be a more knowledgeable consumer.


A Long-Term Care Ombudsman:

  • Resolves complaints made by or for residents of long-term care facilities
  • Educates consumers and long-term care providers about residents’ rights and good care practices
  • Promotes community involvement through volunteer opportunities
  • Provides information to the public on nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights and legislative and policy issues
  • Advocates for residents’ rights and quality care in nursing homes, personal care, residential care and other long-term care facilities
  • Promotes the development of citizen organizations, family councils and resident councils

Long-term care ombudsmen efforts are summarized in the National Ombudsman Reporting System (Click here for current NORS data) to include the number of facilities visited, the types of complaints handled and the kinds of complaints filed with ombudsmen. Data has been collected since 1996 and gives a good picture of the extent of ombudsman activities nationally and in every state.


Elder Decisions® mediators help you create workable solutions to achieve smooth transitions for your family. Each family’s needs are different but issues that are often discussed include:

  • Inheritance, Estate and Trust matters
  • Residence options
  • Family communication
  • Decision making processes
  • Including the voice of the Elder
  • Family members’ roles and responsibilities
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Assistance to avoid court guardianships
  • Driving and transportation
  • Finances and bill paying
  • Personal property distribution
  • Legacy
  • Medical decisions
  • End of Life decision-making
  • Planning and anticipating issues before crises develop

    (Additional advocacy sites tomorrow)

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