Advocates for vulnerable neighbors needed

Aug 07, 2013

There is a critical need for volunteer ombudsmen throughout Snohomish County.

Many neighbors are in need of help. They have no family or friends who visit and watch over them. They live in adult family homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

As a certified volunteer long term care ombudsman, you can make a difference by being an advocate, educator, investigator and problem solver.

Volunteer ombudsmen come from all walks of life, various age groups and educational levels. The common thread is an interest in serving older adults and the disabled.

Volunteers receive four days of free training to become certified ombudsmen. They are asked to visit residents, attend monthly meetings and submit a monthly activity report.

If you can be of service, the 2013 certification training is Sept. 11, 12, 18 and 20.

The Snohomish County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the interests, well-being and rights of vulnerable adults living in long term care facilities.

It is part of the Washington State Long Term Care Ombudsman program, a federally mandated program created by the Older Americans Act.

For more information and an application packet, contact July André at 425-388-7404 or july.andre@snoco.org.

Volunteer information and applications are available at the county’s website at www1.co.snohomish.wa.us. In the "Search for" box, type "ombudsman.”

-Edited by Beacon staff

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