To promote the independence, health, and dignity of older adults through compassion, education, and advocacy.
Ombudsmen are state certified volunteers who serve as advocates for olders and disabled adults who reside in nursing homes and assisted living homes throughout Orange County. Program also offers ongoing support and training for our volunteers.
I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for the Council on Aging’s Ombudsman program. I recently celebrated my one year anniversary and I’m looking forward to many more. I’m currently watching over the quality of life for about 85 nursing home residents ranging in age from 34 to 101. I help to prevent elder abuse—be it physical, mental or financial. This work isn’t really work. Rather, it is joy! It takes so little effort to put a smile on so many people’s faces. The opportunities are abundant to learn valuable information regarding Alzheimer’s or a host of illnesses you previously knew very little about. If you are a caring person who enjoys meeting interesting people from all walks of life and advocating for their health and safety, then this is THE volunteer opportunity for you! You will always have an equally-caring and professional staff to assist you should you need assistance. You’re guaranteed to make new friends and give new and deeper meaning to your life.