Long Term Care Ombudsmen sought

The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is seeking volunteers to help provide advocacy services to residents living in long-term care homes located in your county. Training classes are being scheduled for Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Those interested in volunteering for this program should contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Volunteer Coordinator at 419-259-2891 or 1-800-542-1874 toll-free or [email protected] Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and currently not employed with a long-term care provider.

In 1978, The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program was mandated by the Older Americans Act to serve as a visible advocate for long-term care consumers. Improving the quality of life and quality of care for consumers receiving long-term care is the mission of ABLE’s Long-Term Ombudsman Program. This program is part of a statewide network of programs that advocate, investigate and seek resolution for resident concerns. Volunteers are essential to Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman services. They extend the capacity of the program by establishing a regular presence in the long-term care facilities of northwest Ohio.

Volunteer Ombudsmen are trained before entering a facility. They receive certification through the Ohio Department of Aging following the 16-hour initial training and a Bureau of Criminal Investigation Check. The training is designed to assist participants in becoming effective advocates for nursing home residents. Once certified, volunteers contribute a minimum of four hours each month at an assigned facility.

Approximately 13,000 individuals reside in the three hundred and sixty long-term care homes located in the program’s 10-county service area, which includes Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties.