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March 29, 2014

Long Term Care Authority needs ombudsman volunteers

ENID, Okla. — Ombudsmen volunteers visit nursing home and assisted-living residents in our area.

Currently, the Long Term Care Authority of Enid ombudsman program has eight certified volunteers: Irene Barker, Gaytha Chivers, Ryta Kirby, Ila McKee, Trigg Snyder, Anna States, Deryn Stewart and Cheri Vassar.

Ombudsman volunteers listen and receive concerns from residents of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities or from family and friends.

Often times, a resident just needs someone to listen, and when they have a concern, the ombudsman will attempt to help them resolve it.

Volunteers have the authority to explore concerns and recommend corrective action to the facility according to the state and federal law.

Recently, Julie Torson, ombudsman supervisor held a two-day training for ombudsman volunteers.

States and Vassar were certified by the State Department of Human Services Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to go into a long-term care facility for a minimum of two hours per week as advocates for the residents.

Any interested in becoming a volunteer for the ombudsman program, should contact Torson or David Huff at the Long Term Care Authority of Enid at (580) 237-2236.

 They can be contacted with questions or concerns about residential care, assisted living and nursing homes.

They serve as ombudsman supervisors for Garfield, Kingfisher, Blaine, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay and Noble counties.

The Long Term Care Authority of Enid Aging Services is located at 202 W. Broadway, Suite A.

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