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Hermiston and Milton-Freewater Volunteer Public Guardian

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ORGANIZATION: Oregon Public Guardian Program

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We are accepting applications to be part of our Fall* Training Cohort - deadline is September 18, 2022.

Volunteer Public Guardians make a profound difference to benefit the life of highly vulnerable adults. When a person cannot legally make safe choices for themselves and have no others to help them in making decisions, a Volunteer Public Guardian steps in to help.


Volunteer Guardians receive education, training, and ongoing mentoring from the OPG program, learning to:

Develop a rapport and a working relationship with the clients when visiting at least once per month.

  • Learn and evaluate the person’s needs, issues, and desires.
  • Participate in planning, giving consent for medical treatment and other services.
  • Monitor and advocate for the rights and dignity of the client.
  • Work with care staff, service providers and medical providers to ensure appropriate care and services.
  • Monitor client’s care, staffing and home/facility conditions.
  • Promote understanding and trust between client, staff and the Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator.
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by law.
  • Report cases of suspected abuse to Adult Protective Services as required by Program policy.
  • Submit required monthly reports as per OPGC program policy.
  • Attend required trainings and meetings.
  • Sign a 2-year commitment to serve the Program


Applications are online at: https://form.jotform.com/212134583502144 or you can go to our webpage at oltco.org and click on the OPG volunteer tab to learn more about our program.

*The Volunteer Public Guardian has one training per year, held in either the Spring or Fall. At least 6 volunteers are needed for a complete cohort. If not enough applicants are approved by the end of September, the training will be moved to the Spring to allow time for more applicants. The Fall session includes approximately 7 initial training sessions of about 1.5 hours each, typically late afternoon or evening times. Training is scheduled to start the first week in October and finish by the week of November 13th. After that initial training, there are some other duties: mandatory reporter training for abuse & neglect, a knowledge test, further training after distribution of equipment to volunteers on our records system, paperwork, etc. which will take several more weeks. These would be sometime in December or January.

**Volunteers will submit proof of vaccination for Covid19 after application approval.

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About Oregon Public Guardian Program

Location:

3855 Wolverine St NE, Suite 6, Salem, OR 97305, US

Mission Statement

The Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator Program (OPGC) serves as court-appointed, surrogate decision makers for adults that are incapable of making some or most of the decisions necessary for their basic care and safety. The Oregon Public Guardian is the guardian of last resort and only serves when there is no less restrictive option available for addressing a serious safety risk and no appropriate alternative guardian is available. The OPGC program focuses on supporting the clients served to have the most independence and self-direction of their own lives that is safely possible.

Description

The Oregon Public Guardian and Conservator Program (OPGC) serves as court-appointed, surrogate decision makers for adults that are incapable of making some or most of the decisions necessary for their basic care and safety. The Oregon Public Guardian is the guardian of last resort and only serves when there is no less restrictive option available for addressing a serious safety risk and no appropriate alternative guardian is available.

Guardianship is one of the most severe restrictions on an individual's right to self-determination and should never be considered lightly. Under guardianship, a person loses the right to make decisions about their own lives. A guardian has the authority to determine where someone lives, what services they receive, who their doctor is, what medical care and procedures they receive, how their income is spent, who may visit them and many other decisions that most people take for granted. Guardianship should only be considered as an option if all other less restrictive alternatives have been attempted and failed, or evaluated to be non-viable.

OPGC follows nationally recognized guardianship standards. All OPGC professional staff are National Certified Guardians by the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC). OPGC follows the National Guardianship Association (NGA) model practice standards and ethical principles as well as all Oregon legal requirements for guardians under statute.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Advocacy & Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Hermiston, OR 97838

(45.8391,-119.284)
 

SKILLS

  • Advocacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Between 8 and 16 hours per month.
  • Access to adequate transportation. A 2 year commitment to the program. Not have a conflict of interest with the OPGC program or any clients served by the program.

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