Volunteers Needed: Long-Term Care Ombuds Training Scheduled for September

Long-Term Care Ombuds are “resident-directed” advocates and empower residents to use their voice to ask for what they feel they deserve. Ombuds are often the “voice” for a resident who chooses not to represent themselves, or is unable to speak for themselves. Being a Long-Term Care Ombuds with our volunteer program is not like any other volunteer program. It is challenging, engaging, and rewarding! We are confident, but gracious advocates, and low-level problem solvers for residents who live in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult family homes.

Volunteers are carefully selected, and screened through an interview process, and if accepted, attend a very fun, but intense 32-hour training which results in a state certification. Volunteers commit to a year of service and a minimum of 4 hours a week in their Ombuds role. You will be assigned a facility to visit weekly in your community. We encourage you to make your own schedule visiting residents, and attend a training meeting each month with other Ombud volunteers.

Training this fall will be held from 9am to 5pm on September 16, 17, and 30 at Multi-Service Center in Federal Way. Please contact Juanita Beale at 253-681-6234 or [email protected] for more information.