2008-01-11 / Community

Seek Ombudsmen To Work With Rockaway Seniors

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is recruiting Volunteer Ombudsmen to help protect the rights and well-being of the 16,415 residents living in 80 nursing and adult homes in Queens, of which 27 are in Rockaway. Serving as an Ombudsman is one of the most rewarding and challenging volunteer experiences available in New York City, they say (or foundation rep. says).

Volunteer Ombudsmen are men and women who visit residents weekly, advocate for their concerns and serve as liaison with facility staff to help insure that the residents maintain their dignity and receive the highest standards of care. These volunteers are the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Gertrude Cope is a Volunteer Ombudsman at Elmhurst Care Center, near her home in Queens. "Working as an Ombudsman is very hands on. You are really making a difference in the quality of someone's life," she says.

"If you enjoy meeting interesting people and, at the same time, solving problems then this is the job for you."

To become a Volunteer Ombudsman an applicant must be age 21 or older; provide three references; complete a

free training program and be willing to serve as a volunteer for four hours per week, preferably during business hours. For more information on becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman, please phone 212-962-2720 or email dwarburton@ nyfscltcop.org.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Federally mandated and funded through grants from the New York State Office for the Aging and a contract with the New York City Department for the Aging.

Established in 1968, the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, sponsor of the Long Term Care Ombudsman program, is the only non-profit, non-sectarian organization serving New York's seniors in all five boroughs. New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is dedicated to helping New York's seniors enjoy healthier, safer, and more productive and dignified lives. For more information on the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, please go to www.nyfsc.org.

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