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Volunteers needed for local elderly

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

South Central Tennessee Development District is looking for volunteers in Middle Tennessee to represent Tennessee’s elderly.

The Ombusdman Program is authorized by the federal Older Americans Act and is administered at the state level by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

This program benefits residents in long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman not only educates residents on their rights, but also helps to ensure resident rights are being honored. An Ombudsman can help clarify Nursing Home, Assisted Care Living Facility or Residential Home for the Aged regulations that apply to the resident’s situation.

An Ombudsman is skilled in making referrals to other agencies and helps find solutions to resolve issues for long-term care residents.

Assertive, mature people with some experience with the elderly and those who feel concern for residents in long-term care facilities, who want a challenging experience and are willing to complete a volunteer certification program should contact Rick Lucas, District Long Term Care Ombudsman at SCTDD, 101 Sam Watkins Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474 or call 931-379-2926 or e-mail rlucas@sctdd.org.