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NEW LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN NAMED

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The Iowa Department on Aging has named Cindy Pederson as the new State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.  Pederson has been acting Ombudsman since Deanna Clingan-Fischer left for a job at Iowa State University.  Pederson was first hired by the Office in 2014 as a Discharge Specialist.  Since that time, she's specialized in elder rights and landlord-tenant law.

The Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsmen advocate for the 54,000 Iowans living in nursing facilities, assisted living programs, long-term care facilities, and elder group homes.  

“Cindy brings a solid background of legal expertise and advocacy experience to this position and is very knowledgeable of the challenges and opportunities that surround today’s long-term living environment,” said Iowa Department on Aging Director Linda Miller. “She is uniquely qualified to assist residents, families and staff members assess complex issues and identify practical solutions, and she will be an asset to every individual who lives in one of Iowa’s long-term care facilities.”