Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers

COLUMBUS — The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Ohio is looking for volunteers during the pandemic.

The program has an urgent need for volunteer ombudsmen to advocate for excellence in long-term care, to call residents and their families to give them a voice in this time of crisis and keep them connected to their advocates, according to a press release from Laurinda Johnson, ombudsman volunteer coordinator for the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in Columbus.

About 3,000 people in the Southeast Ohio region are residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and are isolated from visitors.

Calls result in unheard complaints, concerns, suggestions and questions from consumers about care. The duties of an ombudsman volunteer can be performed in the volunteer’s home.

Free virtual training to certify the volunteer as an ombudsman will be provided.

To become a volunteer ombudsman, complete an application at www.stepup.ohio.gov or call 800 282-1206.


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