RSVP seeks volunteer advocates for elderly in long-term-care

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Oswego County, headquartered at SUNY Oswego, is recruiting ombudsman volunteers to train in June as advocates for the elderly who live in long-term-care facilities.

All ombudsmen must complete 36 hours of training for certification to volunteer in a nursing or adult home, assisted living or independent living residence. The next training, spread over two weeks, will run June 8 to 10 and June 15 to 17. To register for training, Oswego County residents should call Thelma Snyder, 350-9969.

Ombudsmen help elderly residents address issues before they escalate into major health or safety problems. There are 12 ombudsmen in 14 long-term-care facilities in the Catholic Charities-hosted program in Oswego County, and more than 1,800 such volunteers statewide.

To volunteer or for more information, contact RSVP, sponsored in Oswego County by SUNY Oswego and United Way, at 312-2317.

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(Posted: May 04, 2010)