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Volunteer Ombudsmen support residents of long-term care facilities, and so can you!

April 2016 AVS Volunteers Story Ombudsman Annmarie Newton photo“An Ombudsman is someone that they can feel at ease with, laugh with, and talk to,” says Long-Term Care Ombudsman Annmarie Newton, who volunteered at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol for a decade. “My goal is to make people feel comfortable, good about themselves, and happier or more content." Here, Annmarie visits with Helen, a resident of a facility.

Learn to advocate for elders and people with disabilities in our community as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteer

In just a few hours each week, you can make a big difference in the lives of residents of local nursing and rest homes. By slowing down and really listening to an individual resident’s concerns, you can find joy in ensuring the residents you speak with have a high quality of care and quaility of life.

Volunteers are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the facility to which they are assigned, and the support you will receive as a volunteer does not end with the initial training. Ombudsmen are always supported through their time with the program and do not have to face challenges alone.

Please fill out this form to learn more about becoming a volunteer Ombudsman with LifePath.

Your information will be kept private.

Trevor BoedingProgram Director Trevor Boeding

After you submit the form, you will receive a response from Trevor Boeding, Long-Term Care Ombudsman program director.

Interested volunteers must successfully complete the application process, which includes CORI, reference checks, and an interview with the program director, before attending a training.