Who makes the decisions?

“You often hear of issues around finance and healthcare decisions with Powers of Attorney and guardianships. But a huge issue we see in long-term care facilities is the guardian or POA agent restricting the elder’s relationships, such as who they can see and socialize with,” says Patricia Hunter, Washington State Long-Term Care Ombuds. “The real [...]

2019-03-12T12:33:38-07:00March 12th, 2019|LTCOP, News/Media|0 Comments

Making Residents Feel Special

Earlene has been volunteering with the King County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program for almost eight years. “I got involved because I saw a lot of older people not being able to advocate for themselves, they weren’t speaking up for themselves. There are also a lot of older people that are put into places and their [...]

2018-03-22T12:19:08-07:00April 5th, 2018|LTCOP, Stories of Hope, Volunteers|0 Comments

Feeding the Soul

Sarah was walking down the hall of the nursing home when a partially opened door caught her eye. She saw the name of a man and a woman on the door that she did not recognize. As a volunteer Long-Term Care Ombuds, she regularly visited residents to make sure their needs were being met and [...]

2016-05-03T17:36:07-07:00April 14th, 2016|Giving, LTCOP, Stories of Hope, Volunteers|0 Comments

Be an advocate for residents of long-term care facilities

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 [...]

2016-11-28T12:44:57-07:00August 24th, 2015|LTCOP, News/Media, Volunteers|0 Comments

In Her Corner

At 48 years old, Tracie is younger than most people imagine when they think of someone in a long-term care facility. However, people under age 64 represent about 37 percent of those needing long-term care.* Two years ago, Tracie suddenly had a stroke after finding her father who had just passed away. She was immediately [...]

2016-11-28T12:45:01-07:00March 16th, 2015|LTCOP, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Making a difference for residents of long-term care facilities

The elderly have always held a special place in Joanne Chan's heart. She's put this compassion to good use by volunteering for the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) operated through Multi-Service Center. For the last three years, Joanne has visited two local long-term care facilities on a weekly basis. She talks with residents [...]

2016-11-28T12:45:01-07:00April 30th, 2014|LTCOP, Volunteers|0 Comments