— 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 …

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— Have you or someone you know had an experience with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program?  We want to hear from you! Many long-term care recipients are medically or emotionally too frail to speak up for themselves.  AARP Virginia believes the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which acts as the voice for these individuals to resolve care problems, should be fully funded to meet the minimum staffing ratio.  The ratio is set by the General Assembly as expressed in the Code of Virginia  Section 51.5 – 135, …

—   AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers will be fighting for Virginians age 50+ at state budget hearings on January 3. The volunteers will speak at regional public hearings of The House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly.  The committees are holding the hearings to solicit comments from the public on the Governor’s proposed 2018-2020 biennial state budget. AARP volunteers will tell the legislators to fund programs important to Virginians, especially those in long-term care facilities, and …

— 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. AARP Ohio selected Blanchard for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. She has been volunteering as an Ombudsman Associate at Long Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) for over 25 years. LTCO …

—     AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers are fighting for Virginians age 50+ at the General Assembly, especially those who help take care of older relatives. AARP volunteers are asking legislators to fund programs important to the 50+ population, especially those in long-term care facilities, family caregivers and those who need health care coverage. They are asking legislators for budget amendments to make sure the programs are funded. “Many long-term care residents are too medically or emotionally frail to speak …

— ©iStockphoto.com/mattjeacock The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive and skilled communicators to: Visit local nursing and assisted living facilities Work to protect resident rights & help resolve concerns Dedicate four hours per week for one year Conduct visits between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays As a Volunteer Ombudsman you will be assigned to visit a local nursing home or assisted living facility, working to ensure that the residents’ rights are …

— 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 …

— Long Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers Advocate for the Rights and Dignity of Long-Term Care Facility Residents Submitted by: Gretchen Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers, Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman It could be dirty floors, foul smells, or just a complaint of persistent cold food. As a Certified Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, Kendal Williams looks for these issues and more in his visits to the long-term care facility he is assigned to in Clackamas County.  There are clues that tell him …

— Hi Everyone!  This is AARP Illinois staffer Heather Heppner with a few tidbits of advice based on my own caregiving experience.  Enjoy! In 2010, at the ripe old age of 28, I became a caregiver for my father.  Now, I’d like to think I was a bit ahead of the caregiving curve.  I mean, I had worked in the field of “aging” for several years and was already fairly familiar with the resources available to assist caregivers.  I knew the …

— Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference in other people’s lives? If you like visiting with people and have good communication skills, becoming involved in the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program* is one way you can make a positive impact in the lives of other people. A long-term care ombudsman helps families and older adults in the community. Ombudsmen serve as an impartial mediator helping to resolve problems or complaints received from residents of nursing facilities, their families …