13 Nov 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.