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Advocates needed for vulnerable adults

 

September 1, 2011



There is a critical need for volunteer long-term care ombudsmen throughout Snohomish County to assist residents in adult family homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

As a certified volunteer long-term care ombudsman, individuals can make a difference by being an advocate, educator, investigator and problem solver. Volunteer ombudsmen come from all walks of life, various age groups and educational levels. The common thread is an interest in serving older adults and persons with disabilities.

Volunteers receive four days of free training to become certified ombudsmen. They are asked to volunteer four hours a week, attend monthly meetings and submit a monthly activity report. Expenses such as mileage are reimbursable.

The next four-day volunteer training will be Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19.

The Snohomish County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program protects and promotes the interests, well-being and rights of vulnerable adults living in long-term care facilities. It is part of the Washington State Long Term Care Ombudsman program, a federally mandated program created by the Older Americans Act.

For more information and an application packet, contact Michal Glauner at 425-388-7412 or michal.glauner@snoco.org. Applications may be printed directly from the county’s website at http://www.snoco.org and typing “ombudsman” in the search box.

 

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