February 12, 2013 |

Help wanted for vulnerable adults

Are you a justice-seeking humanitarian drawn to help people solve problems? Can you advocate for civil rights using a problem-solving approach? Your neighbors in long-term care facilities need you.

Snohomish County’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking new certified volunteer long-term care ombudsmen to act as an advocate, educator, investigator and problem solver for vulnerable adults living throughout the county. Volunteers come from all walks of life, various age groups and educational levels. The common thread is an interest in serving vulnerable adults.

“Our ombudsman program is a great volunteer opportunity that can help make the difference in someone’s life,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “The work is instrumental to providing real quality-of-life assistance.”

The Snohomish County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is authorized by federal and state law to provide quality-of-life and care advocacy for individuals who live in adult family homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Volunteers receive four days of initial training. They are asked to volunteer four hours a week, attend in-service meetings and submit an activity report.

If you can be of service, the next certification training is May 15-16, 22-23.

For more information and an application packet, contact July Andre at 425-388-7393 or july.andre@snoco.org. Applications may be printed directly from the county’s website at www.snoco.org. In the “Search for” box, type “ombudsman.”

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