Long-term care ombudsman program seeks volunteers

Training to become a certified ombudsman volunteer, who serves as an advocate for residents of long-term care facilities, will begin March 23 in Southern Oregon.

This is a state volunteer program designed to assist the deputy ombudsmen in Salem in investigating and monitoring complaints of seniors living in long-term care. Volunteers are a vital part of the program and help protect the rights and dignity of elders in long-term care, organizers said. Volunteers must complete five days of training. Certified ombudsman volunteers learn to be problem solvers as they are trained to educate, investigate and advocate, officials said.

There are openings for ten volunteers in Josephine, Jackson, Curry and Klamath counties.

Call Gretchen Jordan, coordinator of volunteers, at 503-378-6340 or e-mail Gretchen.jordan@state.or.us to request a volunteer application. Interviews will be held in mid-March.

The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a state agency dedicated to protecting the rights, safety and dignity of the residents of nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes. If you have a concern or complaint about a long-term care facility, call 1-800-522-2602.

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