Advocates sought for Milam nursing home residents

Did you know that 60 percent of nursing

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home residents do not have any family or


"You can advocate for nursing home

residents who need a voice," said Margaret

Matthews, regional manager for the Area

on Aging of Central Texas Ombudsman Program.

"We are looking for caring individuals

who reside in Cameron, Rockdale or the surrounding

areas to become certified volunteer


"When an individual enters a nursing facility, they do not lose any of the rights they

had when they lived in the community, they

have only changed an address," Matthews

said. "Unfortunately most people are not

aware of, understand or know how to secure

and maintain their rights as a resident of

a long-term care facility. This can and has

been changed through the dedicated efforts

of certified volunteer ombudsmen. You can

impact the lives of residents who live in

Milam County."

The ombudsman volunteer receives training, supervision and support, to identify

and resolve residents' concerns and provide

services to assist residents in protecting their

health, safety, welfare, and rights," Matthews

explained. " The ombudsman volunteer also

assists families and staff to obtain the highest

quality of care for the resident."

Anyone interested in this opportunity to

impact the lives of nursing home residents

is invited to call Matthews at 1-800-447-

7169 or 1-254-770-2345 or contact by e-mail

that attorney should not decline the invitation.

That's what happened to Craig Brown, an attorney for Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP, a law firm in Cameron. He just returned as a graduate from the intensive, three-week boot camp on a 40,000 acre Wyoming ranch.

Spence, a noted tr ial lawyer, has not lost a civil case in 40 years and has never lost a criminal case. He successfully defended Imelda Marcos, wife of the former Philippine president, and Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame. Wearing his trademark buckskin jacket, Spence was also an expert commentator for CNN during the O.J. Simpson trial.

"Graduates from the Trial Lawyer College (TLC) have a phenomenal records of success," Brown said on his return. "Nearly every major verdict in the United States last year could be tied directly or indirectly to TLC graduates."

According to its mission statement, the TLC is "committed to obtaining justice for individuals: the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned."

Only 16 of the exclusive camps have been held since its inception in 1994 and fewer than 1,000 attorneys have ever been invited to attend. Fewer than sixty attorneys are invited to attend each camp.

"I just feel very blessed to have been able to attend something like this, and I look forward to putting the knowledge into action," Brown said.

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