Catholic Charities seeks ombudsman volunteers to ensure St. Lawrence County nursing home patients’ rights are not violated
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 3:02 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is seeking volunteers to make sure St. Lawrence County nursing home patients’ rights are not being violated.

People who are empathetic, diplomatic and good communicators interested in volunteering with the state Long Term Care Ombudsman Program in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

Catholic Charities is the sponsoring agency for the program.

Ombudsman volunteers visit with nursing or adult home residents, establishing relationships with them and ensuring their rights are not being violated.

If there is a problem, the ombudsman helps residents improve their quality of daily life by empowering them, or advocating on their behalf to solve problems they are unable to resolve on their own.

Ombudsman volunteers are certified. The local program coordinator and staff from the state Ombudsman Program provide training and on-going training and support.

Volunteers dedicate about four hours per week at the local facility they are assigned to.

For more information request a volunteer application or schedule an interview, contact Winny Sachno, LTCOP coordinator, at Catholic Charities at 393-2255.