Chip Wilkins, long-term care ombudsman for the Dayton region, said while it’s the paid ombudsman staff that advocate for residents who have a complaint, the volunteers play a crucial role by building relationships with residents and keeping an eye out for problems.
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Volunteers visit a nursing home for four hours a month on their own schedule and are asked to commit to a year.
After training, volunteers are certified through a test with the Ohio Department of Aging.
Interested in getting involved? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for the Dayton-area Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at (937) 223-4613 or 1-800-395-8267. Or you can fill out a form online at www.dayton-ombudsman.org/volunteer.html. The Dayton office serves nursing home residents in Montgomery, Preble, Greene, Clark, Miami, Darke, Logan, Shelby, and Champaign Counties.
For the Cincinnati region, including Warren and Butler counties, contact Pro Seniors to learn more about being a volunteer long-term care ombudsman by calling (513) 345-4160 or going online at www.proseniors.org/long-term-care-ombudsman/volunteer/.