2008-08-15 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Volunteer Ombudsmen Training In Far Rockaway

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC) will conduct free training for residents of Far Rockaway who are interested in becoming Volunteer Ombudsmen. Volunteer Ombudsmen—the voice of those who can't speak for themselves—visit nursing and adult home residents weekly, advocate on their behalf and help to resolve their concerns by liaising with facility staff to maintain high standards of care.

There are 16 nursing homes and 11 adult homes in the Rockaways with a combined total of 5,130 residents. The goal is to have one Ombudsman for every 100 residents. All candidates must be age 21 or over; interviewed prior to the training; complete the training; and must serve as a volunteer for four hours per week in a facility close to their home.

The 36-hour training required to become a Volunteer Ombudsman will take place in the Rockaways beginning on November 3. During September and October, Debbie Warburton, director of NYFSC's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, will interview prospective candidates. For more information or to become a Volunteer, visit www.nyfsc.org or call 212-962-2720.

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