Weekly Feature

2018-03-07 / Business

Ombudsmen sought by People Inc. for care facilities

People Inc. is seeking motivated people who are skilled and compassionate to advocate for seniors in long-term-care facilities.

The volunteers, called “ombudsmen,” promote the rights of residents who live in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

Phone screenings are now available to review eligibility to join the program’s upcoming spring training session.

Ombudsmen bring problem-solving skills as they visit the care facilities to help residents resolve and/or refer complaints.

Volunteer opportunities are available for those who work in professional fields, such as paralegals, human service staff, social workers and business professionals.

People Inc., in addition to the New York State Long-Term-Care Ombudsman Program and the Center for Elder Law and Justice, is seeking the volunteers.

Ombudsmen are also recent retirees, ranging from those who have worked within education systems to administration or engineering fields. Schedules are flexible, with a minimum of two hours per week.

If enrolled in the program, there are two training locations available; one in the Northtowns and another in the Southtowns. People Inc. provides comprehensive training and ongoing support for ombudsmen.

To be screened and to learn more about becoming an ombudsman volunteer, call 817-9222.

People Inc. provides programs and services to more than 12,500 people with special needs, their families and seniors throughout Western New York and Rochester.

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