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Dear Ombudsman,

I can't say enough good things about the Ombudsman program - they're here when we need them (we, meaning the residents and the staff both), and they're worth their weight in gold. I enthusiastically endorse this group of people, and hope that the new legislation works to keep them coming back. I'll do anything I can to help that process.

Jack Jessop-Ellis, Director Nursing St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital


what we do
What we do.

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In 1978 Congress amended the Older Americans Act to establish long-term care Ombudsman (a Swedish word that means "advocate") to serve the frail vulnerable elderly residents in long-term care facilities. This was a much needed action and a result of the serious problems that surfaced when the nursing home industry exploded following the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

Residents in long-term care facilities are among the most frail and vulnerable in Ventura County. Because many cannot represent themselves, they need assistance to improve their quality of life and care. The Ventura County Ombudsman Program advocates for the highest quality of life and care possible for all our elderly living in long term care facilities.


Although federal mandate requires only one visit per year per long term care facility, the Ventura County program, from inception, established a minimum of once a week visitation in skilled nursing facilities and a minimum of once a month visitation in all residential care facilities. This visitation schedule is still in place and ongoing today.

Download our Pre-Placement Counseling Services BROCHURE

Pre-Placement Counseling Services
• Current list of all long term care facilities in Ventura County

• Explanations of different types of facilities, payment options, and levels of care

• What Medi-Cal pays for

The best time to talk about long term care is before you need it.

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Reporting Ventura County
Elder Abuse

Ventura County Ombudsman Office

Stop Elder AbuseThe Ventura County Ombudsman provides Ventura County seniors a variety of services that pertain to such issues as residents' rights, "quality of care," and finances.

In addition, the Ventura County Ombudsman conducts investigations into nursing home abuse complaints filed.

(805) 656-1986

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Nursing Homes Misuse Drugs to Control Residents

Nursing homes across the United States routinely give antipsychotic drugs to residents with dementia to control their behavior, despite rules against the misuse of drugs as “chemical restraints,” Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Read Full Story

Stop SB 503 – A Deadly Shift in Nursing Home Care

SB 503
is a last minute maneuver that would allow nursing home residents to be drugged by powerful antipsychotics without their consent, and termination of life-sustaining treatment.

Please click on the link to download the sample letter below; add your name and fax to the number on the letter. It only take a couple of minutes. Also, read Nursing Home Nightmare. If SB 503 passes, this could happen to you or your loved ones. We cannot let this happen. Please help us stop SB 503!

Sample Letter: Assembly Member Jim Wood

Assembly Member Jim Wood
Chair, Assembly Health Committee
State Capitol, Room 6005
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: (916) 319-2197

Email a copy to CANHR:

US Attorney sues SNFs for Overmedicating Residents

The US Attorney
in San Francisco has filed a false claims act lawsuit against two Watsonville nursing homes that used to be operated by Country Villa .

You must read this complaint starting on page 19 and you will see the dreadful horrors that happened to residents as a result of off label, unnecessary, and fraudulent drugging. Just open the link below and click on “Country Villa Complaint” at the bottom of the page. It will open up the complaint and then go to pg 19 and start reading.

This is why we absolutely must continue to advocate for least drugging in our nursing homes in Ventura County! This has to stop!

Read complaint here

Caregiver Series
Online Training

Information For Caretakers

We are currently putting the popular DVD series online for automatic download so please return here where we will let you know when it is available.

This DVD program, which has been 2 years in the making, is offered to churches, libraries, senior centers, agencies serving the elderly and their in-home caregivers, and any individuals who, with no preparation or training, find themselves suddenly plunged into the role of providing care for a loved one at home.

Community Events
 Ventura County

New volunteer Training

To be determined

Please fill out an application and return it to the office. You are welcome to give us a call with any questions.

As our population ages, society is turning more of its attention to meeting the growing needs of our senior population. Call 656-1986 ext 100 for details.

Download our Volunteer Application;
Volunteer Ombudsman Application - pdf

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Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.
Ombudsman Program

2021 Sperry Avenue - Suite 35,
Ventura CA 93003 

Tel: 805-656-1986  | Fax: 805-658-8540

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Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc is a 501(c)3 public benefit charitable corporation.
Corporate and individual donations are needed, welcomed and appreciated.
Funded in part by - Area Agency on Aging

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