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Senior Advocate / Volunteer Long Term Care Ombudsman

Date: Ongoing

Organized By: Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

State: AK

Contact: kathryn.curry@alaska.gov
Kathryn Curry, Volunteer Coordinator, 9073342535
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Volunteer Long Term Care Ombudsmen make a difference in the lives of seniors! Our volunteers advocate for the rights of older Alaskans who reside in long term care facilities across the state of Alaska.

We especially need volunteers in the Kenai/Soldotna area, Fairbanks/North Pole, Homer, Seward, Haines, Petersburg, Bethel, Barrrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Dillingham, Galena, Tanana, Kodiak, and Anchorage! Our volunteers visit and educate residents (and their families) about their rights in a facility. We also support and empower older Alaskans to advocate for themselves, and are trained to assist in resolving issues and concerns to the resident's satisfaction. To become a certified volunteer ombudsman, volunteers complete 14 hours of classroom training (completed either in person in Anchorage or via the internet from their home community).

Afterwards, our staff will travel to your community to complete your training at your assigned facility. What is the ongoing commitment? Once trained, volunteers agree to complete one (1) facility visit per month (followed by a short report detailing their visit) and attend 1 hour of monthly community education (also available via the internet). Our volunteers receive unlimited ongoing supervision and support from staff ombudsmen. We ask our volunteers to give us a 1 year commitment due to the amount of training involved.

Volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check, be over the age of 18, and be conflict free (i.e., our volunteers may not be an owner or employee of an assisted living home or nursing home). For additional information, please call Kathryn Curry (907/334-2535), email (kathryn.curry@alaska.gov) or complete an application at www.akoltco.org.

Matching Interests: Indoors, Community, Seniors

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