2006-05-05 / Community

Ombudsman Training For Seniors In Rockaway May 16

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens will conduct training for people living in Far Rockaway who are interested in becoming Volunteer Ombudsman. Volunteer Ombudsman, the voice of those who can't speak up for themselves, visit nursing and adult home residents weekly, advocating for and working with them and staff to maintain high standards of care.

"We recognize that it is difficult for people in the Rockaways to come to Manhattan for interviews and training," said Laura Petta, director of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens' Volunteer Ombudsman Program. "Yet, we must respond to the needs of long term care facility residents living there so we are bringing the interview process and training to the Rockaways."

The 36-hour training required to become a Volunteer Ombudsman will take place in the Rockaways beginning May 16. Volunteer Ombudsman must meet the following requirements:

+ Be 21 of age or older

+ Complete a free training program

+ Serve as a volunteer for four hours per week close to their home.

"Ombudsmen play a vital role in helping assure that the residents maintain their dignity and receive the highest quality of care," said Linda Hoffman, President of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, which oversees the program in New York City. "Volunteer Ombudsmen find the experience rewarding, challenging and fun."

Those interested in becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman can call (212) 962-2720 for more details.

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