Long Term Care
Everyone deserves to live their lives with dignity and respect. One
agency provides a voice for the concerns of long-term care residents,
primarily in nursing homes.
The Ombudsman’s Office needs up to 10 volunteers to be that voice in
Darke County. As a Long Term Care Ombudsman, volunteers will commit
just four hours per month to visiting one or more long-term care
facilities. These important advocates will observe each facility’s
environment and perform meaningful advocacy on behalf of nursing home
residents, informing residents of their rights and building
friendships. Local training will be provided for this position.
Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age, and a criminal
background check may be required. No previous experience is required
for this position, but volunteers must be reliable, possess effective
communication skills and have compassion and respect for older adults.
“Volunteers are essential in helping to communicate simple requests and
demonstrate that nursing home residents are not invisible,” says Monica
Wynn, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director. “They are often able
to spend more time fostering trust with a resident who may be
uncomfortable speaking up about their needs and concerns.”
To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities
within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937)
548-8002 ext. 211, or visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org. HandsOn
West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a
program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding
from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area
Agency on Aging, PSA2.