Advocates needed for ombudsman program

The Central Texas Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking caring individuals who will be able to visit one of the nursing facilities in Rockdale once a week for one to two hours.

Interested individuals will receive training in resident’s rights, advocacy and resolving concerns that often come up during a residents stay in the facility. Most residents (60 percent) in nursing homes do not receive any visitors and many no longer have family, ombudsman program representative Margaret Matthews said.

The certified volunteer ombudsman often gives a voice to many residents that cannot speak for themselves.

“The mission of certified volunteer ombudsman is to advocate for quality care and life for individ- uals who live in area nursing homes, Matthews said. “The ombudsman educates residents about their rights and helps when concerns come up concerning care, meals, rights and billing just to name a few.”

For more information, call Matthews at 254-770- 2345 or

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