OLTCPR Looking for a Few Good Representatives

The new Office of the Long-Term Care Patient Representative (housed at the California Department of Aging) is getting up to speed, and they are looking to hire qualified people to work in this important capacity.  Salary range is from roughly $70-100K annually, and includes benefits.  Here is the link to the site for potential applicants: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=321013

From the job posting:

Do you want to work for a small dynamic department that is helping administer programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State? 

Join the California Department of Aging and be a part of an organization that serves to help California's most vulnerable population.  We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to the newly established Office of the Long-Term Care Patient Representative. 

Under the direction of the California Department of Aging’s (CDA) Health Program Manager II of the Office of the Long-Term Care (LTC) Patient Representative (OLTCPR), the Health Program Specialist I (HPS I) serves as a public patient representative.

The OLTCPR provides public patient representation for residents of skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities who have:

  • Been determined by an attending physician to need a medical intervention that requires informed consent and lack capacity to make their own health care decisions.
  • No identified family or legal surrogate who can make decisions on their behalf.
  • No identified friend, relative or other person who can represent their interests during an interdisciplinary team (IDT) review of the prescribed intervention.

Travel may be required up to 30 percent of the time.

CALTCM and multiple other stakeholders are providing subject matter experts who are participating in creating the content of a robust training program under the guidance of Susan Rodrigues, the director of the OLTCPR, Stella Veraflor-Rundell, and others within the OLTCPR.  We look forward to welcoming these public patient representatives into our nursing homes to participate in the decision-making process for our incapacitated, unrepresented residents—and to ensuring that together, we can provide them compassionate, appropriate care and treatment, especially at the end of their lives.  

If you know anyone who might have an interest in serving in this important public service role, please disseminate this information and the link to them and widely throughout your networks!

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