OHIO VALLEY — Volunteer Ombudsmen provide an essential voice for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, the Buckeye Hills Regional Council and its Long-Term Care Ombudsman program have a wonderful opportunity. Volunteer advocates offer encouragement and support and help residents understand their rights and resolve problems. They also often lessen isolation and loneliness many residents may experience.
“Our volunteers create their own schedules, receive specialized and on-going training as well as professional Agency staff support and recognition at annual events,” said Kim Flanigan, Ombudsman Program Director. “We have such a large, rural region and we couldn’t do all that we do across eight counties without our dedicated volunteers,” added Flanigan. “Last year, they provided nearly 355 hours of volunteer service.”
Ombudsman Associates are volunteer advocates who provide a voice for the concerns of long-term care consumers who are living in their own homes, nursing homes or assisted living. Volunteers are one of the most valued resources of the regional program. In nursing homes and assisted living facilities, volunteers observe conditions and care and inform residents about their rights. For consumers who choose to receive care in their own homes, volunteers talk to consumers about their caregivers and services they receive.
If you are a professional, retired, or are interested in being an advocate for residents in long-term care settings, please call 1-800-331-2644 with questions or to learn more. The Ombudsman Program serves consumers of long-term care services, including the residents living in nursing homes, county homes, adult care facilities, residential care facilities, for home care consumers and other interested parties in the eight-county area. To learn more, call the Ombudsman Program at 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.buckeyehills.org/long-term-care-ombudsman.