Community Resources

A Collection of Long Term Care Resources for Families and Residents

Choosing a Nursing Home in Ventura County

When the time comes to choose a nursing home, it is important to visit the home and record your impressions and observations. The Ventura Ombudsman Program offers a checklist to help you do this. Make numerous visits to the nursing homes or assisted care facilities you are considering at different days and times and record your impressions after each visit.

When visiting, rely on all your senses to help you assess the care and quality of life of the resident. Be particularly observant of smells that may indicate hygiene issues.

On your initial visit, request the admission’s packet and review its contents. Does it have information on policies, procedures, and residents’ rights? Is it easy to understand? Talk with the residents and their families and staff. Contact the Ventura County Ombudsman office for additional information and before making a final decision on nursing homes. Each facility must post information regarding how to contact the Ombudsman. You may also ask for an Ombudsman brochure which is available at most facilities.

Before choosing a facility, it is important to know the differences between Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE). We have provided an information resource called “Know the Difference” to help you learn more

Each week, the Ombudsman Program publishes a complete list of skilled nursing facilities and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in Ventura County

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Ventura County Facility List
Facility Checklist

Resident’s Rights

When individuals enter a nursing home or assisted living home, they keep all their rights as citizens, plus gain special “Residents’ Rights” under federal and state law. Facilities must post a copy of these rights in an area easily accessible to the residents and must provide a copy to each resident upon admission.

Resident Rights in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Resident Rights in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE)

Elder Abuse

Every year tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused by those who are responsible for their care. Elder abuse tends to take place wherever the elderly person lives. Many times this is an institutional setting such as a nursing home or other long term care facility.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

An Ombudsman (om-budz-man) a Swedish derivative, is a person who represents individuals and advocates for their rights. A long term care Ombudsman is a specially trained and certified individual who advocates for quality care for the elderly residents in long term care facilities.

He or she acts on behalf of residents in nursing homes and long term care facilities, to ensure that residents are receiving quality care. The Ombudsman identifies, investigates, and resolves complaints by or on behalf of the residents in either nursing facilities or board and care homes.

When an individual can no longer live independently, a decision must be made about the best arrangement for care. In the case of many frail elderly persons, care will be needed over the long term because of the onset of chronic illnesses or disabling conditions.

There are three distinct levels of long term care ranging from least intensive to most intensive care needs, and there are three distinctive types of long term care facilities.

Residential Care Facility for the Elderly – sometimes called a “board and care home” – provides room, board, supervision and supportive care to persons 62 years of age and older. It is a non-medical facility but is still licensed, regulated, and inspected by the State to make sure that the care provided meets pre-established requirements under law.

An ICF is a health facility that provides in- patient care for those who have need for skilled nursing supervision and need supportive care, but who do not require continuous nursing care. It provides a level of care which is considered to be “intermediate” or in the middle between a residential care facility for the elderly and a skilled nursing facility.

Often referred to as a “nursing home,” a skilled nursing home  provides 24-hour skilled nursing care to patients whose primary need is for such care on an extended basis. Such facilities provide 24-hour in-patient care, as a minimum, but also include other services such as dietary and pharmaceutical services; skilled nursing and physician services; an activity program; and various therapeutic services. Such facilities provide the most intensive level or type of long term care.

Important Contacts

Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.
The 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.

2021 Sperry Avenue – Suite 35
Ventura CA 93003
Tel: 805-656-1986
Fax: 805-658-8540

California Department of Public Health – Licensing & Certification – Ventura District Office
The Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program is responsible for regulatory oversight of licensed health care facilities and health care professionals to assess the safety, effectiveness, and quality of health care for all Californians. The L&C Program is comprised of three branches: Centralized Applications Branch, Field Operations Branch, and Professional Certification Branch.

1889 North Rice Avenue, Suite 200
Oxnard, CA 93036
Tel: 805-604-2926
Fax: 805-604-2997

California Department of Public Health – Licensing & Certification
The Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program is responsible for regulatory oversight of licensed health care facilities and health care professionals to assess the safety, effectiveness, and quality of health care for all Californians. The L&C Program is comprised of three branches: Centralized Applications Branch, Field Operations Branch, and Professional Certification Branch.

PO Box 997377
MS 0500
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
(916) 558-1784

California Department of Aging

The CDA provides services to Ventura County seniors and their families, including counseling victims of abuse and neglect. This site provides information on nursing home abuse and neglect.

1300 National Drive, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95834-1992
Phone: (916) 419-7500

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

The CANHR site provides information on Ventura County nursing homes and other California long-term care facilities that include citation, complaint, and financial data.

650 Harrison Street — 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel: (415) 974-5171

Administration for Community Living

ACL advocates across the federal government for older adults, people with disabilities, and families and caregivers; funds services and supports provided primarily by states and networks of community-based programs; and invests in training, education, research, and innovation.

330 C St SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 401-4634

Families for Better Care

Families for Better Care, Inc. is a non-profit citizen advocacy group dedicated to creating public awareness of the conditions in our nation’s nursing homes and other long-term care settings and developing effective solutions for improving quality of life and care.

9600 Escarpment Blvd.
Ste. 745-211
Austin, TX 78749
(850) 491-0066

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

The Consumer Voice is a leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves. We are a primary source of information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates, and ombudsmen to help ensure quality care for the individual.

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-2275

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center provides support, technical assistance and training to the 53 State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and their statewide networks

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-2275