Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) staff attorney Sean Londergan has been selected as Vermont’s new State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO). Starting May 1, Londergan began leading the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project (VOP), a team comprised of six regional ombudsmen and local volunteers. The VOP helps residents of Vermont’s long-term care facilities across the state, as well as people receiving home-based long-term care services through the Choices for Care program.
Beginning with his work at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, where he also earned a master’s degree in public health, Londergan has a long history of work in public health and elder rights. A 2005 graduate of Vermont Law School, Londergan first worked for Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) handling Medicare appeals and then elder rights cases more generally through 2009. He subsequently worked as a Legislative Counsel for the Vermont General Assembly, and then for both the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration and for the Department of Financial Regulation, before returning to VLA in 2014.
Londergan has direct knowledge of the numerous and complex issues that Vermonters receiving long-term care services face, along with an understanding of the important role that the VOP plays in assisting them. He said of his new role, “I am very excited for the opportunity to join the committed and passionate staff of the VOP. I look forward to the challenge of meeting the very high standard of professionalism established by current staff and previous the State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Jackie Majoros.”
The VOP has been part of VLA for more than 20 years. In addition to helping Vermonters who have questions or problems concerning long-term care services, the VOP also advocates for changes at the local, state and national levels that will improve the quality of the long-term care people receive.
VLA is a non-profit law firm that provides legal advice and services to individuals and families throughout Vermont who are facing a civil legal problem that threatens their rights, shelter, job, health, or well-being. VLA began serving clients in 1968. For more information about Vermont Legal Aid and the Vermont Ombudsman Project, visit the website at www.vtlegalaid.org.