ADVOCATE FOR SENIORS AND OTHERS IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES


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Cause Areas

When

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

Where

Multnomah CountyWashington CountyClackamas CountyPortland, OR 97201

About

KNOW THE SATISFACTION OF ADVOCATING FOR THOSE LESS ABLE TO SPEAK UP FOR THEMSELVES. Six days of intensive training can qualify you to be a CERTIFIED OMBUDSMAN monitoring the care provided in local nursing homes, assisted living or residential care facilities 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

- Passing a background check and personal interview

- Satisfactory completion of six-days of professional training provided locally.

- Committing to at least 16 hours of service per month for one year with weekday availability during normal working hours.

- Maintaining a prescribed schedule of visitation of assigned facilities

- 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

  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • Nursing
  • Elder care
  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 16 hours per month for one year
  • Report monthly on your activities and advocacy. Participate in ongoing support meetings.
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