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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 6, 2015
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office
360.337.4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2015-020

Volunteer advocates needed for Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

(Port Orchard, WA) - Do you want to truly make a difference in someone’s life? Do you enjoy working with senior citizens? Advocates are needed for the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Kitsap County, made up of a group of highly trained community volunteers who advocate for long-term care facility residents and their families, assisting them in achieving the highest level of quality of life and quality of care, a right guaranteed by law.

Ombudsmen visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, the state veterans’ home and adult family homes to assist in responding to individual concerns and advocate for the rights of residents. Ombudsmen may also investigate and resolve concerns expressed by or on behalf of residents and work with them, their families and friends and operators and staff of facilities to address concerns and the resident’s needs. Ombudsmen monitor laws, regulations and policies that affect those living in long-term care facilities and may recommend changes for them or provide public education about those governing the long-term care system.

Initial four-day certification training is provided. For an application packet and more information, contact Dana Gargus, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program coordinator, at dgargus@co.kitsap.wa.us, 360.337.5714 or 800.562.6418. More information is available at www.kitsapgov.com/altc/ombudsman.htm.

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Last Updated:  March 06, 2015