National Volunteer Week is April 10-16 for the Administration on Aging, designed to acknowledge and celebrate contributions of volunteers who serve older Americans across the nation. AOA officials say this year they are highlighting the work of 11,000 volunteers who serve long-term care residents through their state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
More than three-fourths of states use volunteers to support the Long-Term Ombudsman Program, ensuring rights, safety, and well-being of residents of nursing facilities, assisted living communities, board and care homes and similar facilities. Last year, more than 8,800 volunteers were trained and certified as long-term care Ombudsmen, resolving complaints on behalf of residents.
Those interested in serving as an Ombudsman Volunteer may phone Anita Harper, Ombudsman supervisor at SODA – Area Agency on Aging, at (580) 920-1388 or (800) 211-2116.