Are you interested in using your skills to help promote quality care for seniors and others living in long-term care?
Samaritan Hospice is hosting two free informational sessions about Oregon’s ombudsman program for long-term care on Thursday, Feb. 18. The first session is at 10 a.m. at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St. in Newport, and the second session will be at 1 p.m. at the Health Professions Education Center, 3011 NE 28th St. in Lincoln City.
Certified ombudsmen volunteers are independent citizen advocates who visit the residents of long-term care facilities and identify complaints or concerns. They work independently to investigate these complaints and work with staff to resolve problems, advocating from the residents’ point of view, said Sherrie Flinn, Samaritan Hospice volunteer coordinator. This role is best suited for someone who has several hours available to volunteer during business weekday hours.
Debbie Boures, deputy state Long-Term Care Ombudsman for District 4, including Lincoln County, will attend the meeting to explain the program, what volunteers do, the requirements and the need for local volunteers.
For information or to RSVP, call Flinn at 541-996-7328.