Nursing Home Advocates Needed (Updated)

by beth on January 11, 2022

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Above: The Senior Center asked me to share a call for volunteers to help advocate for local nursing home residents (images cropped from past communications on Baypath website)

The Southborough Senior Center asked me to share an announcement. Baypath Elder Services is seeking people to be trained as Nursing Home Advocates. (Also know as “Ombudsman”.)

Here is their call for volunteers:

BayPath Elder Services’ Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to visit Long Term Care facilities in the Southborough area to make sure residents are getting the care and service they expect.

Volunteers work with residents, staff, and families to achieve this end. The initial time commitment is a certification training that is being held virtually: 2 to 3 hour sessions twice a week for 3 weeks, then additional on- site training. Once training is complete it is asked that you spend up to 2 hours a week in the nursing home seeing residents and advocating on their behalf. There is much flexibility once the training is completed. It is actually encouraged that you visit different days/times to get a better sense of the facility you cover. There is also a monthly volunteer meeting to discuss issues, best practices and receive ongoing training and support.

If you have a few hours a week and are interested please contact Mary Brooks, Director of Ombudsman Program at 508-573-7235. Look forward to hearing from you!

You can find more information on the program here.

Updated (1/11/22 5:44 pm) I had included the wrong link.

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1 southsider January 11, 2022 at 5:13 PM

Beth,

The link describes being an Assisted Living Ombudsman but the call for volunteers above talks about nursing homes.

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2 beth January 11, 2022 at 5:45 PM

Oops. Thank you for pointing out. You can find info here: https://www.baypath.org/nursing-home-ombudsman

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