OFA looking for new ombudsmen

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Essex County Office for the Aging is searching for volunteers willing to become advocates for those living in long term care facilities.

An ombudsman is a professionally trained and certified advocate who resolves issues with long term care facilities on behalf of residents and their families. The dual focus of quality of care and quality of life enables the volunteers to assure that residents are cared for appropriately.

Volunteers serve as a voice for residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities. Certified ombudsmen ensure that all facilities meet mandated legal standards for every person requiring long term care.

Ideal candidates for these positions must meet the minimum age requirement of 21 years, commit to volunteering at least four hours per week for at least one year, attend and participate in 36 hours of free basic training, and demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills.

For more information, contact the Essex County Office for the Aging at 873-3695.

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