Seniors' Legal Rights

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Seniors' Legal Rights

The legal issues and health and daily care needs that arise as we get older can be a challenge.

Programs to Support Seniors

Disability Law Colorado works to protect and promote the rights of Colorado’s older adults through two programs that aim to improve the quality of life for seniors. Both the Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Legal Assistance Developer programs have been administered by Disability Law Colorado since 1988.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program protects the rights of people living in nursing homes or assisted living residences, to ensure they are treated fairly and their wishes are respected.

Ombudsman Program

The Legal Assistance Developer Program helps seniors prepare legal documents, avoid scams and financial exploitation, and receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Legal Assistance Program

Area Agencies on Aging

We work closely with the 16 regional offices that provide aging services in Colorado (Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to coordinate ombudsman and legal services statewide. Disability Law Colorado staff also serve on numerous state committees and task forces that address the rights and concerns of older adults.

We make recommendations on legislative and regulatory changes to improve the quality of life for seniors. We also provide training to providers throughout the state who work on behalf of seniors.

Success Stories

Preserving an Elder's Freedom

The Denver Ombudsman Program was contacted by facility staff concerned that a resident in a secure memory care unit was being coerced by his wife to sign...

Multiple Interventions for an Elderly Resident

Ms. Calabash first came to Disability Law Colorado over two years ago, with a complaint that she was not being adequately accommodated in her housing needs...

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