Long-Term Care Ombudsman2019-10-28T13:32:28-07:00

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

How We Help

Our Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) is a statewide program that trains and certifies volunteer ombuds to visit long-term care facilities across the state to advocate on behalf of residents.

What Does a Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombud Do?

Certified volunteers in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serve persons who reside in licensed long-term care settings (such as nursing homes, assisted living, and adult family homes). An ombud works to ensure that residents in these facilities receive good quality of life and care by providing information to consumers about their rights, working to resolve problems on behalf of residents, monitoring the enforcement of the laws by DSHS, and advocating for improvements in the long-term care system. Visit the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program website by clicking here.

Contact the State Office:

State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office
Multi-Service Center
P.O. Box 23699
Federal Way, WA 98093

Phone: (253) 838-6810
Information and Complaint Line: (800) 562-6028

Online Complaint Form: www.waombudsman.org/file-a-complaint/

Patricia Hunter, State LTC Ombuds
253.838.6810, ext. 174
[email protected]

Vicki Elting, Assistant State LTC Ombuds
253.838.6810, ext. 6232
[email protected]

Cindy Sam, LTC Program Administrator 
253.838.6810, ext. 173
[email protected]

King County Information and Intake
[email protected]

Counties Served Regional Ombud/Contact Info
Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan Erin Nelson
Aging and Adult Care of Central WA
Phone: (509) 886-0700, ext 232
or (800) 572-4459
Email: [email protected]
Shawna Pringle (Asst)
Aging and Adult Care of Central WA
Phone: (509) 886-0700, ext 206
Email: [email protected]
Kitsap Dana Gargus
Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging
Phone: (360) 337-5714
Email: [email protected]
Grays Harbor, Pacific, Clallum, Jefferson Amber Garotte
Olympic Area AoA/SI&A
Phone: (360) 986-0657
or (800) 801-0060
Email: [email protected]
Ferry, Pend, Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman Aaron Riley
Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners
Phone: (509) 456-7133
or (800) 660-7133
Email: [email protected]
Snohomish Heidi L’Esperance
Snohomish LTCOP
Phone: (360) 862-1100
or (800) 562-6028
Email: [email protected]
Pierce Kashmiri Gavronski
Pierce County Community Connections
Phone: (253) 798-3789
or (800) 642-5769
Email: [email protected]
Lewis, Mason, Thurston Paul Tosch
Phone: (360) 943-6018
Email: [email protected]
 Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom Cindy Snider
Phone: (360) 853-5146
Intake: (800) 562-6028
Email: [email protected]
 Kittitas, Yakima Tammy Hollingsworth
People for People
Phone: (509) 453-0480, (800) 562-6028
Email: [email protected]
King Pamela Williams
King County LTCOP

Phone: (206) 623-0816, (800) 562-6028
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla Elizabeth (Betsy) Claridge
Blue Mountain Action Council

Phone: (509) 520-5162 or (800) 562-6028
Email: [email protected]
Clark, Klickitat, Skamania,Wahkiakum, Cowlitz Neil Degerstedt
SW WA Agency on Aging and Disabilities
Phone: (360) 992-4070, (800) 562-6028
Email: [email protected]

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