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Long Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Month

Friday, April 19, 2013

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Week (April 21-27) is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. This week across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the individuals who volunteer to help those in long-term care settings. The week provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of listening to residents who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities or other long-term care settings.

“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to thank volunteers who have a commitment to

residents’ rights and to helping long-term care residents,” said Kim Flanigan, Ombudsman Program Director for the Area Agency on Aging 8. “Last year, more than 350 hours were donated by volunteers across our eight-county region.”

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in southeast Ohio addresses concerns about the quality of long-term care services and negotiates for the solution of problems that arise between providers and consumers of long-term care services. The Ombudsman investigates complaints confidentially, advocates for the consumer’s rights, and negotiates with service providers to resolve problems to the consumer’s satisfaction.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program honors those serving: Jim Shultz of Athens County serves in Hocking County; Glenn Dierkes serves in Monroe County; Jeffrey Vogt serves in Meigs County and serving in Washington County are Dennis Urban, Charlotte Kuehn and Alice Mugrage. These volunteers are making a difference in the lives of those living in nursing homes.

If you are interested in volunteering and want an option with flexible service times, assistance is needed at following nursing homes:   Athens County, Kimes Nursing and Rehab, Hickory Creek of Athens, Laurels of Athens and Arcadia Valley, Coolville; Arcadia Acres in Logan, Hocking County; Highland Oaks, and Riverside Landing, McConnelsville in Morgan County;  Autumn of Somerset and New Lexington Care and Rehabilitation, Autumn of Thornville in Perry County;  Summit Acres in Caldwell, Noble County;  Muskingum Valley in Beverly, Marietta Care and Rehabilitation and Harmar Place in Marietta, Washington County.  In addition, we are accepting volunteer applications for the assisted living homes throughout the eight-county region. The Ombudsman Program serves consumers of long-term care services, including the residents living in 23 nursing homes, two county homes,  eight adult care facilities,  eight residential care facilities, home care consumers and other interested parties in the eight-county area.  

To learn more, call 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org .You can also find AAA8 on Facebook. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.


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