Ombudsman nominated for national recognition

Marilyn Richardson, a Grand Junction woman who serves as an ombudsman for people receiving long-term care, has been nominated for national recognition for her efforts.

Richardson has been nominated for the Howard Hinds Memorial Award presented by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, an organization that promotes the quality of long-term care.

The award, which honors an individual who advocates for long-term care consumers on a local level, will be presented during an annual conference scheduled for November in Arlington, Va.

Eva Veitch, community living services director for the Area Agency on Aging and a lead omsbudsman herself, nominated Richardson for the award. Veitch called Richardson a “role model.”

“Marilyn is highly respected in the long-term care, health care and legal community. Her tireless efforts have resulted in much positive change on behalf of those she serves,” Veitch wrote in her nomination.