Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, visitation to NJ long-term care facilities has been severely restricted. The NJ Department of Health has issued guidance that allows LTC residents to have limited visitation in very specific circumstances. In addition, the NJ DOH has issued visitation guidance for the holiday season. General visitation and testing guidance was issued on October 20, 2020. (See page 22.) Holiday visitation guidance was issued on November 16, 2020. If If you have questions or concerns about visiting long-term care facilities, contact the NJ LTCO.
The New Jersey Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman (NJLTCO) is part of a national resident-focused, person-centered advocacy program. NJLTCO is an independent advocate for older individuals receiving long-term care. Representatives of the Office work with individual residents to help them address challenges they face; in addition, NJLTCO seeks opportunities to bring about change on local, state, and federal levels and by advocating for policy and legislative initiatives and participating in activities that support the Office’s core mission to advance the rights, the dignity and the self determination of elderly individuals living in long-term care.
The Ombudsman for the NJLTCO has been designated the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of 42 U.S.C. §§ 3058g et seq. The NJLTCO is responsible for securing, preserving, and promoting the health, safety, and welfare of New Jersey's elderly population, through investigations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation; legislative and regulatory advocacy; policy work; and education and outreach.
The NJLTCO is considered “in but not of” the Department of the Treasury. However, the Ombudsperson is considered independent of any supervision or control by the NJ Department of Treasury. As per state law, the Ombudsperson is directly appointed by the Governor.