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Nursing home volunteers needed to become advocates for residents

Nursing home volunteers needed to become advocates for residents
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 12:22 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Officials with The Green River Area Development District say Kentucky is desperately in need of more volunteer long-term care volunteers.

They say their Ombudsmen Program trains those volunteers to advocate for people in LTC facilities.

Officials say this year, a new interactive curriculum was released to train incoming certified volunteer ombudsmen in Kentucky. The new curriculum will involve classroom training, independent study, and work in the field.

GRADD will offer classroom training via Zoom to qualifying volunteers across the state. These classes will be planned for June and July.

Officials say recent studies suggest volunteers over the age of 55 found significant decreases in levels of depression, functional limitations, and feelings of isolation through volunteering.

GRADD District Long-Term Care Ombudsman Heather Mulligan says they have a new training program that coincides with their push for more volunteers.

“And they actually have a new interactive training program that they’re going to start, and they are planning on June or July for that start date,” Mulligan said. “So you would receive training – 36 hours total – some would be online, classroom-type via Zoom, and other would be shadowing certified ombudsmen.”

For more information about the Kentucky State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program or to find out how to become a certified volunteer ombudsman, visit ombuddy.org or contact Mulligan at (270) 926-4433 or heathermullican@gradd.com.

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