The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 27, 2012

Ombudsman training begins Monday

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Northern Oklahoma Development Authority, Area Agency on Aging is holding ombudsman volunteer training at 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Volunteers are needed for the Ombudsman Program in Garfield County, as well as Kingfisher, Blaine, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Kay and Noble counties.

Ombudsman volunteers advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. They are asked to visit residents for two hours weekly and attend a monthly volunteer meeting. Volunteers are needed since many residents in nursing homes and assisted living may not have visitors or someone to speak up for them. Statistics show around 60 percent of nursing home residents never have any visitors.

The training will be held in the NODA conference room at 2901 N. Van Buren, and will cover senior issues, resident’s rights, nursing home laws and advocacy methods.

To register or for more information, call Julie Torson or David Huff, ombudsman supervisors, (580) 237-2236.