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Multnomah CountyWashington CountyClackamas CountyPortland, OR 97201


A "Certified Ombudsman" is simply a volunteer advocate who defends the rights and promotes the wellbeing of long-term care facility residents. Oregon's "COs" are caring observers, listeners, communicators and problem-solvers who work to protect residents' rights and dignity, ensure quality care, and prevent neglect, abuse and other problems. They are trained to identify faulty care and to investigate and resolve complaints of residents in nursing homes, assisted living or residential care facilities and adult foster homes. The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman provides intensive training and ongoing support to maximize the effectiveness of these volunteers. Their reward comes from knowing that they protect some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens.

As a Certified Ombudsman, you need good problem-solving, communication and people skills. Your ongoing advocacy requires at least 16 hours per month for one year and weekday availability during normal business hours. You must be at least 21 years old, reliable, objective, perceptive, patient, compassionate, persistent and assertive when necessary. If this sounds like you, here is your chance to make a real difference! By the way, it's pronounced: ahm-budz-mun.


  • Problem Solving
  • Patient Care
  • People Skills
  • Healthcare
  • Elder care
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 16 hours per month for one year
  • weekday availability during normal business hours

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