ADVOCATE for Senoirs in Long-Term Care


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Lane CountyEugene, OR 97403


About

KNOW THE SATISFACTION OF ADVOCATING FOR SENIORS WHO ARE UNABLE TO SPEAK UP FOR THEMSELVES. Five days of training can qualify you to be a CERTIFIED OMBUDSMAN monitoring the care provided in local nursing homes, assisted living or residential care facilities, memory care centers, and adult care homes.

By contributing this free and confidential service to residents of long-term care facilities, you can enhance their quality of life in a very meaningful way. Identifying problems and resolving complaints protects residents' rights, dignity and wellbeing. It helps to prevent neglect, abuse and many other problems.

Duties:
Make regular visits at varying times to assigned facilities in the local area.

Identify and investigate problems and resolve complaints made by or for facility residents.

Report electronically on your activities and advocacy.

Participate in ongoing support meetings and follow-up training.

Requirements:
- Minimum age of 21.

- Submission of an application including personal references

- Pass a background check and personal interview

- Satisfactory completion of professional training

- Commit to at least 4-hours a week of service for one year - flexible schedule

- Regular attendance at a monthly two-hour support meeting held locally and led by a supervising state Deputy Ombudsman.


This is a volunteer opportunity for people interested in advocacy, problem solving, conflict resolution and humanitarian outreach. Among the abilities and traits that are useful to Certified Ombudsmen are: effective communication and people skills; good observation, listening and problem-solving skills; patience, objectivity, dependability, assertiveness, perseverance, compassion and empathy. The rewards for this service include the gratitude of facility residents and their families and the personal satisfaction that comes from knowing what a difference your advocacy makes for people at a very vulnerable time in their lives.

Skills

  • Healthcare
  • Problem Solving
  • Elder care
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-hours per week - 1 year minimum
  • Report monthly on your activities and advocacy. Participate in ongoing support meetings.

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