Appalachian Region 1 serves 6 counties, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg.
Have you ever had a question or needed something and didn’t know where to turn for answers? Think of how relieved you felt when someone finally showed up and pointed you in the right direction. Long term care residents in your community need you! You can help seniors find answers and get the assistance they need by becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman for residents living in assisted living and nursing home facilities. The Volunteer Ombudsman Program is a part of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments’ Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
The Swedish word Ombudsman means someone who investigates citizens’ complaints and tries to bring about a fair resolution. Ombudsman is someone who protects, mediates, and advocates. Please visit our website at www.scupstateadrc.org for more information on the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments’ aging services and Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
The primary function of a Volunteer Ombudsman is to be a friendly face that brightens a resident’s day. The volunteer provides encouragement by listening to concerns, educates residents and families about resident rights, and helps residents find answers to their questions. The life of a senior is not complete without someone to talk to, sing or dance with, share stories or maybe even assemble a puzzle. Over sixty percent (60%) of the residents of long term care facilities in South Carolina have no visitors. They have no family or friends available to visit them or spend time with them. A lack of social contact and a support system often results in depression and decline. By volunteering, you will help to diminish the sense of isolation that long term care residents experience and help them achieve a sense of self-determination.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, have the ability to maintain confidentiality, and do not have a criminal record.
- Elder care
- Veteran Care
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Visit an assigned facility 4 hours per month