Ombudsman Program Seeking Volunteers | New

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which serves residents of nursing, assisted living and residential care homes, is looking for volunteers.

The program is administered by the Department of Social Services under the authority of the Senior Citizens of America Act and the Oklahoma Long-Term Care Ombudsman Act.

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

The Eastern Oklahoma Development District Agency on Aging provides volunteer oversight and support. Free training will be offered to volunteers on problem solving, communication, the aging process and the regulation of long-term care facilities.

To become a volunteer, the candidate must be:

• Concerned about the elderly and their needs.

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

• Able to accept training and supervision.

• Able to spend at least two hours per week as a volunteer.

• Free of any conflict of interest.

EODD is hosting a free volunteer training at the Muskogee office November 29-30. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer ombudsman or has questions about the program, they can call Tim Nicholson or Scott Harding at 918-682-7891.

Ryan H. Bowman