Long Term Care Ombudsman Volunteer
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
Ombudsman is a Swedish word meaning citizen’s representative. In Illinois, volunteers represent the Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program when they visit residents in long-term facilities. Volunteer Ombudsman visit residents on a regular basis; listen to residents’ concerns and problems while having a friendly visit; and reports to an Ombudsman Supervisor who will guide and direct volunteers while they respond to the needs of residents. Volunteers are the eyes and ears of the Ombudsman Program, and they are truly the heart of the program.
The most important requirements are compassion, respect for older adults and common sense. We provide the training needed to enable volunteers to help residents know their rights. Volunteers receive initial and ongoing training from experts in various areas of elder rights, laws and advocacy.
We ask volunteers for a one or two year commitment. This enables the volunteers and resident to get to know each other and the volunteer gains experience. Volunteers will usually visit residents in one or two facilities near their home on a regular basis, about once every one or two weeks. Volunteer hours are flexible - nursing homes and residential care facilities are open 24 hours a day. Volunteers are needed to serve in Will, Grundy and Kankakee Counties.
About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
249 S. Schuyler Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901, US
We are a faith based organization providing service to people in need and calling others of good will to do the same.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet serves people of all faiths and beliefs in seven counties including: Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois, Dupage, Kendall, Will, and Grundy Counties. All services are provided without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet services include: Senior (older adult) Progams, Counseling and Community Services. Volunteer opportunities are available in Case Management, the Senior Companion Progam, the Foster Grandparent Program, the Money Management Program and the Long Term Care Community Ombudsman Program. Come volunteer for Catholic Charities and make a difference every day!