[Community-service] Fwd: [Nfbf-l] a great volunteer opportunity

Nallym Bravo nbrav003 at fiu.edu
Tue Aug 9 13:19:41 UTC 2011

Good morning all,
Thought I'd pass this along, it sounds like a great way to get involved. 

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> From: "Sherri" <flmom2006 at gmail.com>
> Date: August 7, 2011 12:04:42 PM EDT
> To: <nfbf-l at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [Nfbf-l] a great volunteer opportunity
> Reply-To: NFB of Florida Internet Mailing List <nfbf-l at nfbnet.org>

> I saw this in Dear Abby. It sounds like a wonderful volunteer opportunity 
> for any of us.
> Sherri
> DEAR ABBY: You often advise readers who have the time to reach out and 
> volunteer. There's a little-known program in every state that was mandated 
> by a 1978 amendment to the "Older Americans Act." It's the Long Term Care 
> Ombudsman Program. Its goal is to help assure that long-term care facility 
> residents live harmoniously and with dignity, feeling free to voice 
> complaints or concerns without reprisal.
> There's a need nationwide for volunteers to make this program work. The 
> ultimate goal is to have one volunteer in each nursing home. After training 
> is completed, volunteers spend eight to 16 hours a month visiting their 
> assigned nursing homes. They talk with the residents and observe conditions. 
> If there's a complaint, they take it to their regional ombudsman for 
> resolution.
> Once residents get to know and trust you, they will share wonderful life 
> stories. Some of them have no one to talk to, no visitors or family. A 
> volunteer ombudsman is the voice for those who have none, and helps to make 
> each community a better place to live for all its residents.
> The nursing homes like to have volunteer ombudsmen visit their facilities 
> because they want to provide the best care possible for their residents. --  
> DEAR JILL: Forgive me if this seems cynical, but some do and some don't --  
> which is exactly why it's so important that there are trained observers 
> willing to regularly visit nursing home patients to ensure they are properly 
> cared for. Readers, this is important work. If you are interested in 
> volunteering, contact your local social services agency, Department of Aging 
> or search online for the word "ombudsman" and the state in which you reside.
> Sherri Brun
> flmom2006 at gmail.com
> Character is the side of yourself you choose to show the world.
> Integrity is what you do, what you say and how you act when you think no one 
> is paying attention.
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