Ombudsmen protect rights of the elderly

Ombudsmen protect rights of the elderly

Jo Hanson knew her 99-year-old father could be a handful.

But when she got a letter from his nursing home giving her 30 days to find him another place to live, she was stunned. She and her husband, Joe — both only children — had shepherded all four of their elderly parents through long-term care, and her father was the last one alive.

She was experienced enough to know that finding a new bed for a male Medicaid recipient needing dementia care would not be easy in Sarasota County.

But help arrived from an unexpected source — an under-the-radar state program that has lately drawn more attention for the political bickering embroiling its Tallahassee headquarters.

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