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Empowered Aging: Formerly Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Inc.

Cause Area

  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Veterans & Military Families

Location

2255 Contra Costa BlvdCONCORD, CA 94518 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Empowered Aging, previously known as Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda, started in Contra Costa County with just a few government grants, a single staff person, and a lot of determination. Over 50 years later, we have evolved, expanding our reach to meet the needs of our time that are impacting a vulnerable and vastly diverse senior community. We believe aging is a natural phase of life, deserving of respect and dignity. Every day we empower, educate, and partner with older adults and adults with disabilities to best meet their unique needs - from providing opportunities to stay connected to the activities they love to ensuring they are free from neglect and abuse. We also believe that when our elder community thrives, we all benefit from their unique contributions and collective wisdom. That is why Empowered Aging is focused on uniting individuals, organizations, and communities together around a common mission, a shared vision, and a path forward to a stronger, more equitable journey in aging. We do this through a variety of programs and collaborations within our community. For many older adults and adults with disabilities, we’re the only connection and the only engagement lifting their voices, enabling self-sufficiency, and fighting for their just place in society. While our organization has transformed over the years to address the challenges and change in the world, one thing remains the same: our focus on improving and strengthening the lives of our elders. There are a number of ways that you can get involved: Field Long-Term Care Ombudsman (Contra Costa, Alameda & Solano Counties): Advocating for residents in Long-term care facilities and their families. We understand that aging has its own set of unique challenges and difficulties that may include moving into a long-term care facility, and that it is our job to empower these residents and help to protect their right to personal choice and safety. Field Ombudsmen are called to facilities to mediate, negotiate and bring about resolution between residents, facilities and family members. Our job is not to "fix" the issue for the resident, but rather empower the resident to address the issue, when possible, and work cooperatively with all parties to bring about change and progress. We support compliance through education model and find that Field Ombudsmen are often called upon to provide on the spot education and information for facility staff and administrators. Auxiliary Ombudsman: If you want to support the work of Empowered Aging, but aren’t able to commit to becoming a Field Ombudsman consider joining our OmbudsAuxiliary where you may be asked to work on the following board service related programs/tasks: Office Assistance, Advisory Council, Community Education Friendly Visiting and Telephone Reassurance Volunteer (Solano County): Our mission is to connect older adults who are at risk for social isolation with caring individuals who volunteer to help combat negative health effects associated with loneliness and social isolation. We offer our participants safety, companionship, and engagement through consistent weekly telephone calls, video conferencing, in-home visits (when safe), and a variety of other innovative quality interactions. These visits also serve as a way to assess for safety risks and any unmet needs with the opportunity to connect clients with necessary community resources and services that they might not have been able to access otherwise. Elder Justice League (Solano County): Join our Elder Justice League and learn how you can help combat the abuse of vulnerable seniors and disabled adults in Solano County. We’re looking to organize groups in churches, senior communities, adult programs and more to offer education about abuse, as well as peer-to-peer counseling.

Description

Empowered Aging, previously known as Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda, started in Contra Costa County with just a few government grants, a single staff person, and a lot of determination. Over 50 years later, we have evolved, expanding our reach to meet the needs of our time that are impacting a vulnerable and vastly diverse senior community.



We believe aging is a natural phase of life, deserving of respect and dignity. Every day we empower, educate, and partner with older adults and adults with disabilities to best meet their unique needs - from providing opportunities to stay connected to the activities they love to ensuring they are free from neglect and abuse. We also believe that when our elder community thrives, we all benefit from their unique contributions and collective wisdom. That is why Empowered Aging is focused on uniting individuals, organizations, and communities together around a common mission, a shared vision, and a path forward to a stronger, more equitable journey in aging. We do this through a variety of programs and collaborations within our community. For many older adults and adults with disabilities, we’re the only connection and the only engagement lifting their voices, enabling self-sufficiency, and fighting for their just place in society.



While our organization has transformed over the years to address the challenges and change in the world, one thing remains the same: our focus on improving and strengthening the lives of our elders.



There are a number of ways that you can get involved:





  • Field Long-Term Care Ombudsman (Contra Costa, Alameda & Solano Counties): Advocating for residents in Long-term care facilities and their families. We understand that aging has its own set of unique challenges and difficulties that may include moving into a long-term care facility, and that it is our job to empower these residents and help to protect their right to personal choice and safety. Field Ombudsmen are called to facilities to mediate, negotiate and bring about resolution between residents, facilities and family members. Our job is not to "fix" the issue for the resident, but rather empower the resident to address the issue, when possible, and work cooperatively with all parties to bring about change and progress. We support compliance through education model and find that Field Ombudsmen are often called upon to provide on the spot education and information for facility staff and administrators.


  • Auxiliary Ombudsman: If you want to support the work of Empowered Aging, but aren’t able to commit to becoming a Field Ombudsman consider joining our OmbudsAuxiliary where you may be asked to work on the following board service related programs/tasks: Office Assistance, Advisory Council, Community Education


  • Friendly Visiting and Telephone Reassurance Volunteer (Solano County): Our mission is to connect older adults who are at risk for social isolation with caring individuals who volunteer to help combat negative health effects associated with loneliness and social isolation. We offer our participants safety, companionship, and engagement through consistent weekly telephone calls, video conferencing, in-home visits (when safe), and a variety of other innovative quality interactions. These visits also serve as a way to assess for safety risks and any unmet needs with the opportunity to connect clients with necessary community resources and services that they might not have been able to access otherwise.


  • Elder Justice League (Solano County): Join our Elder Justice League and learn how you can help combat the abuse of vulnerable seniors and disabled adults in Solano County. We’re looking to organize groups in churches, senior communities, adult programs and more to offer education about abuse, as well as peer-to-peer counseling.


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by Greg M. (December 10, 2020)
Very poor communication would not correspond with me regarding opportunities to volunteer. I left numerous phone calls and emails with no response.

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