Virginia Hart Fraser
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
1928 - 2011
Virginia Fraser was a national champion for the rights of the elderly and their families. As a lifelong advocate for human and civil rights she recognized that women comprised the majority of those living in and working at elder care facilities.
She established an innovative state-sponsored “ombudsman” (mediation) office to field and resolve issues for residents of nursing homes. She served as Colorado’s State Long Term Care Ombudsman from 1980 to 2001, and dramatically transformed the culture of elder care to favor the rights of patients and residents to a safe and dignified environment.
“The issues and rights of the aging are all part of the same fabric of social justice.” —Virginia Fraser