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Volunteer Ombudsmen Needed

Advocates for Residents Living in Nursing Homes Needed, Summer Training to be Scheduled

Volunteer to be a voice for the powerless. The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is seeking volunteer ombudsmen to help provide advocacy services to residents living in nursing homes located in your county. Training sessions are being planned for this summer.  Applicants must complete an application process before attending classes.
 
Advocates for Residents Living in Nursing Homes Needed, Summer Training to be Scheduled

Volunteer to be a voice for the powerless. The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is seeking volunteer ombudsmen to help provide advocacy services to residents living in nursing homes located in your county. Training sessions are being planned for this summer.  Applicants must complete an application process before attending classes.

In 1978, The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program was mandated by the Older Americans Act to serve as a visible advocate for the elderly. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen advocate for resident rights and quality care, and provide education to empower long-term care recipients. Volunteers are essential to Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman services. They extend the capacity of the program by establishing a presence in the nursing home facilities in northwest Ohio.

Volunteer Ombudsmen are trained before entering a facility. They receive certification by the State of Ohio following a 12-hour initial training and a Bureau of Criminal Investigation Check. This training is designed to assist participants in becoming effective advocates for nursing home residents. Once certified, volunteers are expected to contribute a minimum of four hours each month at an assigned facility.

Approximately 9,000 individuals reside in the one hundred nursing homes located in the program's 10-county service area, which includes Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Volunteer Coordinator at (419) 259-2891 or (800) 542-1874. (E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and currently not employed as a long-term care provider.