If you suspect abuse or neglect in a long term care facility, please call the SCDOA Long Term Care Ombudsman at 1-800-868-9095.
Long Term Care Ombudsmen (LTCO) help to resolve complaints made by or for residents of long term care facilities. They address issues related to quality of care and quality of life. Some of the issues LTCO may assist with include:
- Violations of rights
- Improper transfer or discharge of a resident
- Assistance with benefits
- Dignity and respect
- Abuse, neglect or exploitation
About the Issue
South Carolina has 2,039 long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living, community residential care facilities, DDSN and DMH facilities) with 43,678 beds. Annually, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates more than 8,000 complaints filed by or on behalf of long term care residents.
What does the Long Term Care Ombudsman do?
- Long Term Care Ombudsmen serve as advocates for the resident and help them or their family members navigate the long term care maze and educate them on resident rights and benefits.
- Long Term Care Ombudsmen assist any resident with concerns about quality of care or quality of life.
- Long Term Care Ombudsmen assist the resident or their representative with the appeals and grievance process.
- Long Term Care Ombudsmen educate the residents, caregivers, stakeholders, and community members about long term care and the issues they may face via telephone, walk-in, emails, or outreach events.
To serve as a Volunteer Ombudsman, contact the Ombudsman's office at 1-800-868-9095.
Reports and Plans
Click here to view reports and plans.
We'll happily send a representative to speak to your group about the Ombudsman program and the services we offer. Contact us at 803-734-9900 to arrange a speaker.