What's An Ombudsman?

I've heard the term often during my journalistic career at our Resident Council meetings, especially when residents need help against management.  According to copy from the Internet's "Wikipedia," an OMBUDSMAN is a public advocate appointed by the government with a significant degree of independence when it is charged with representing the interest of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or a violation of rights. This office may be appointed by a state, local or municipal government. In our case we are specifically talking about the Palm Beach County area.

Duties of an Ombudsman are to investigate complaints and an attempt to systematic issues leading to poor service or breaches of people's rights.

It is thought to have flourished in China during the Qin Dynasty (221 BC) and in Korea, and the concept spread to many other states, unions and countries, and is still going strong in many representative governmental politics and in organizations, and presides over public cases, including robbery, assault, murder, and do not interpret laws as regular judiciary does.

In one personal contact with an Ombudsman, he solved the problem with a phone call to the proper source that could handle the situation.

For more info, contact the Ombudsman category in your nearby phone book for help, or check the complete story on the Internet. 


Always Alliterative

This week we are using the letter "G".

Growing greens get glorified.

Giving generously gains gratefully.

Gambling generally gifts growers,

Guaranteeing growth groups greatly.


Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. Many of the stories he has written are based on factual evidence from newspaper stories and other sources available to the public.  He uses his imagination in parts to help supply the “twist” at the end.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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