Our name is pronounced om·buds·man, but don’t worry we don’t mind sounding it out.
Who We Are
We are the primary and first advocates for the 9,000 residents of long-term care in Contra Costa County. Our primary objective is to address issues or situations that negatively impact the health, safety and dignity of residents living in long-term care and help to create a swift and immediate resolution to the problem whenever possible.
OSCC staff and volunteers maintain a regular presence in 400 plus long-term care facilities through out Contra Costa County visiting many facilities monthly or even weekly to ensure that we are accessible to residents, families and facilities. Our trained and seasoned Field Ombudsman receive, investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care.
We are change agents in our community reaching beyond our core services of addressing issues of quality of life and quality of care for LTC residents and offering education to facilities, families and the community at large on issues affecting aging, culture change, dementia care, placement, end of life care and many more.
- Monitor long term facilities for quality of care, quality of life and violation of residents’ rights
- Advocate on behalf of facility residents
- Receive, investigate and resolve complaints on behalf of residents
- Investigate complaints of elder abuse that occur in facilities
- Work with families to find suitable placement for their loved ones
- Work to resolve systemic problems that affect residents living in long-term care
- Witnessing services for execution of Advance Directives for Health Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Assistance to access MediCal
- Investigation of MediCal fraud
- Community Education
- In-service education for long-term care facility staff
Who We Serve
To date, we are currently serving: