Usually when we look for a volunteer opportunity, we are motivated to help others in need. When I volunteered to be a long-term care ombudsman, it turned into a life changing experience. I have changed the lives of dozens of people, all for the better, improved my ability and confidence to stand up for others and, because of my expanded knowledge and experience, made life better for family and friends when they needed long-term care. The long-term care ombudsman program has been a jackpot bingo for me.
AARP Ohio Recognizes BJ Blanchard's Dedication and Commitment to Community Service with its Most Prestigious Volunteer Award
BJ Blanchard was selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service -- the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.
©iStockphoto.com/mattjeacock The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive and skilled communicators to:
Long Term Care Ombudsman: Volunteers Advocate for the Rights and Dignity of Long-Term Care Facility Residents
It could be dirty floors, foul smells, or just a complaint of persistent cold food. As a Certified Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, Kendall Williams looks for these issues and more in his visits to the long-term care facilities he is assigned to in Clackamas County. There are clues that tell him about the care and quality of life of residents. As an advocate for the residents for the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, Williams says, “You want to see the residents up, dressed, and engaged and enjoying life as best as they can.”
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