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Appalachian Council of Governments

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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 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.scacog.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.

The Appalachian Council of Governments is looking for volunteers who enjoy visiting with others, improving lives through communication, and have as little as one to two hours per week available to join the team and enrich the lives of the long term care community.

To become a volunteer, the candidate must be 18 years or older and needs to be able to communicate with vulnerable adults, have problem-solving skills and have a genuine care and concern for long term care residents.

The Appalachian Council of Governments’ Long Term Care Ombudsman Program covers six counties including: Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Cherokee. Volunteers are needed and welcomed from each area.

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About Appalachian Council of Governments

Location:

30 Century Circle, Greenville, SC 29607, US

Mission Statement

ACOG is a multifaceted service organization for local governments, providing public administration, planning, information systems and technology, grants, workforce development, and services for the elderly population. The ACOG works in close collaboration with our community partners towards building a competitive economy and promoting healthy, livable communities that preserve our residents’ quality of life. The Volunteer Ombudsman Program is part of the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments’ Regional Long-Term Ombudsman Program. Volunteers are not certified Ombudsman, but do help assist them in their duties.

Description

The Appalachian Council of Governments’ Long Term Care Ombudsman Program covers six counties including: Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Cherokee. Volunteers are needed and welcomed from each area.

Do you want to make a difference in the community?

Become a Volunteer Ombudsman in a long term care facility and make a difference in the lives of long-term care residents.

Volunteer Ombudsmen make unannounced friendly visits to designated long term care facilities on a weekly or biweekly basis. During their visits volunteers listen to and interact with the residents. Volunteer Ombudsmen work with residents to communicate concerns and provide support and empowerment. The Volunteer Ombudsman can assist residents by being their voice and with their permission, work hand in hand with the facility staff to resolve issues.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

30 Century CircleGreenville, SC 29607

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Veteran Care
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per month

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