Participating in the Nursing Home Survey Process


How To Participate In the Nursing Home Inspection Process

Each year, nursing homes have a complete inspection by the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS). During the standard inspection, the ORS inspectors, called surveyors, are supposed to determine if the facility meets state and federal standards. The surveyors examine how care is given to a number of residents and evaluate the facility, its policies and documentation.

The surveyors are also supposed to talk to some residents and family members to identify if they have any concerns. If you would like to talk to one of the surveyors during the inspection, the Ombudsman may be able to assist you. At the beginning of each inspection, the inspection team contacts the Ombudsman program and informs us about the inspection. We are able to give any information we have about the nursing home, including the names of residents or family members who would like to be interviewed.

If you are interested in being interviewed by ORS, please copy and complete the form below and send it to your local Ombudsman. Although we cannot guarantee that ORS surveyors will contact you during the survey, there is a good chance that they will do so if we provide them with your written permission. We cannot give ORS your name or any information about your concerns without your permission.

If you have an immediate concern about the nursing home, it is best not to wait until the survey to seek action. The Ombudsman can give you information about other options for addressing your concerns, including how to file a formal complaint with ORS. If you file a formal complaint with ORS, your case will be assigned to a specific investigator to evaluate your concerns. Please contact your local Ombudsman office if you need more information about filing a complaint or other options to address your concerns.


I, __________________________,

authorize the Ombudsman Program to release my name, telephone number, and a summary of my concerns to the Georgia Office of Regulatory Services so that I can be considered for a possible interview during its next full inspection of

(Name of facility)

This release does not authorize the Ombudsman to release my name or information regarding my concerns to any other source.

(Resident or family)

Resident & Room Number:



For more information please contact the Atlanta Legal Aid Society or Georgia Legal Services Program office nearest you.




For Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties, call Atlanta Legal Aid Society: 404-524-5811



For all other counties, call Georgia Legal Services Program: 1-800-498-9469 (toll free)

For Seniors age 60 and older, call the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline: 1-888-257-9519 (toll free)

Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Last Revised: May 2003

Última revisión y actualización: May 25, 2003