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Below you’ll find a list of helpful resources and instructions for using them:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

This is a link to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (“CDPHE”) website. The link takes you directly to the Health Facilities page, where you can search particular nursing homes to see how their recent surveys have been. The CDPHE does routine surveys of nursing homes as well as complaint investigations. Following a survey or complaint investigation, the CDPHE will issue deficiency reports that detail its findings. These deficiency reports are similar to report cards, and are very good indicators of how a particular facility is doing during a particular time. To lodge a complaint with the CDPHE, call them directly at (303) 692-2800.
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Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare

This is a link to Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. This site allows you to enter in a particular nursing home and find out information about its staffing ratios, survey histories, etc. It also allows you to compare nursing homes against one another, and to see how Medicare rates the nursing homes on its “Five-Star Quality Ratings.”
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Colorado Supreme Court’s Self-Help Page

This is a link to the Colorado Supreme Court’s Self-Help page. This site provides access to various forms needed to start certain legal actions. For example, if someone needs to have a Guardian or Conservator appointed for a minor or disabled person, the forms necessary to do that are found in the Probate section accessible through this link.
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Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides advocacy to nursing home residents and their family members. If you feel that your rights have been violated or you wish to have an advocate who can handle an issue on your behalf, contact this program at (303) 866-5700, and they can direct you to the Ombudsman assigned to your particular facility.
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