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ORGANIZATION: Area Agency on Aging

  • 18 people are interested

If you would like to obtain more information about the certified volunteer ombudsman, I am taking phone calls, and face to face meetings. The agency follows CDC guidelines in protecting the people and their staff. We follow the common recommendations such as taking their temperature, six feet apart, using a mask, hand sanitation, using a plexiglass and disinfecting the area of use.

Volunteer Ombudsman Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
A Volunteer Ombudsman is an individual designated by the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to carry out the duties of the Ombudsman Program. The Volunteer Ombudsman, in accordance with ombudsman policies and procedures, must:

● Make regular visits to assigned facility and promptly respond to requests;
● Identify, investigate, and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents;
● Provide services to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents;
● Provide information about the Ombudsman Program;
● Support the development of resident and family councils;
● Represent the interests of residents; and
● Inform the Ombudsman Program if unable to temporarily or permanently perform these duties.

SPECIFIC DUTIES
● Interact with and get to know residents and families in an assigned facility.
● Seek out non-communicative and isolated residents.
● Respect and protect the privacy and confidentiality of residents.
● Ensure residents have timely access to ombudsman services and receive timely responses to complaints.
● Develop a cooperative working relationship with facility staff.
● Identify, investigate, and resolve complaints from residents, families, and friends consistent with guidance from the supervising Staff Ombudsman.
● Provide information to the MLO regarding problems in assigned facility and discuss concerns, problems, and questions involving the facility with the supervising Staff Ombudsman.
● Follow instructions from your supervising Staff Ombudsman and Managing Local Ombudsman (MLO).
● Submit monthly reports to the Ombudsman Program.

CONFIDENTIALITY
Residents and other complainants have the right to remain anonymous. All information that is obtained while performing ombudsman duties is confidential and must not be shared with anyone outside the Ombudsman Program without consent
of the resident or complainant. Violation of confidentiality policies is grounds for de-certification as an ombudsman.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
● Ability to focus on the resident as the primary client;
● Ability to dedicate time to visit an assigned facility on a regular basis;
● Ability to work independently and as a team member;
● Ability to interact in an unbiased, objective, and diplomatic manner;
● Ability to analyze facts and convey them accurately;
● Ability to learn about ombudsman rules, regulations, and residents' rights;
● Skill in summarizing information, writing details, and reporting data; and
● Ability to devote time required to obtain annual in-service training and develop and submit required reports.

More opportunities with Area Agency on Aging

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About Area Agency on Aging

Location:

8037 Lockheed, Ste. 100, El Paso, TX 79925, US

Mission Statement

Support Older Adults with their independence and ability to continue to reside in the community for as long as possible and assist Family Caregivers in their daily task of caring for their loved one.

Description

Area Agency on Aging Rio Grande in El Paso, TX, the Ombudsman program where certified volunteers ombudsman can serve residents and families for advocacy. You can help protect resident right's, health and well-being. We assist residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities that can face abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. To make matters worse residents often have no one in their corner to stand up for them. Ombudsman advocate for residents' rights. Ombudsman help protect the quality of life and quality of care of anyone who lives in these long-term care facilities. To be a volunteer Ombudsman, you must be at least 18 years old, have no conflict of interest, complete certification training and has transportation, volunteer hours are flexible, and no experience required. Volunteers receive a free 36-hour certification course, ongoing support, on-site experience during a three-month internship and continuing education.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
Seniors
Advocacy & Human Rights, Education & Literacy, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

8037 LockheedSte. 100El Paso, TX 79925

(31.79246,-106.38184)
 

SKILLS

  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • The individual can volunteer their time as long as they want to. There is a certification process that may take about three-month period to complete the certification.

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