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July 17, 2013

Long-term care ombudsman program wanting volunteers

— A program that connects volunteers with residents in long-term care facilities needs volunteers.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves residents in nursing, assisted living and residential care homes. The program is administered by the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services under the authority of the Older Americans Act and the Oklahoma Long-Term Care Ombudsman Act.

An ombudsman volunteer helps improve the quality of life and the quality of care available to residents of long-term care facilities. The goal of the Ombudsman Program is to have volunteers at every long-term care facility.

The Eastern Oklahoma Development District Area Agency on Aging provides supervision and support for the volunteers. Free training will be provided to volunteers in problem solving, communication, the process of aging and long-term care facility regulations. Training manuals for volunteers are also provided.

To become a volunteer, the applicant must:

• Be concerned about older persons and their needs.

• Be able to work with different types of people without being judgmental.

• Be able to accept training and supervision.

• Be able to spend at least two hours a week as a volunteer.

• Be free from conflict of interest.

If you would like to become an ombudsman volunteer, or if you have any questions, call Tim Nicholson or Scott Harding at (800) 211-2116.

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