231.42  Long-term care resident's advocate--duties.

The Iowa commission of elder affairs, in accordance with section 3027(a)(12) of the federal Act, shall establish the office of long-term care resident's advocate within the commission. The long-term care resident's advocate shall:

1.  Investigate and resolve complaints about administrative actions that may adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, or rights of elderly in long-term care facilities.

2.  Monitor the development and implementation of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies that relate to long-term care facilities in Iowa.

3.  Provide information to other agencies and to the public about the problems of elderly in long-term care facilities.

4.  Train volunteers and assist in the development of citizens' organizations to participate in the long-term care resident's advocate program.

5.  Carry out other activities consistent with the resident's advocate provisions of the federal Act.

6.  Administer the care review committee program.

7.  Report annually to the general assembly on the activities of the resident's advocate office.

The resident's advocate shall have access to long-term care facilities, private access to residents, access to residents' personal and medical records, and access to other records maintained by the facilities or governmental agencies pertaining only to the person on whose behalf a complaint is being investigated.

Section History: Recent form

  86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1016

  C87, § 249D.42

  C93, § 231.42

Internal References

  Referred to in § 135C.38

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