Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Volunteers with the Florida Long-Term Ombudsman Program are community members from all walks of life who are passionate about improving the lives of residents living in long-term care facilities. They are trained to work with residents and their family members to communicate concerns and resolve problems by providing advocacy, support, education, and empowerment. These volunteers simply want their time and talents to make a difference in improving the lives of people who may be older and/or disabled.
Sarasota County has a total of 120 facilities, including 29 nursing homes, 3 adult family care homes, and 88 assisted living facilities with an estimated total of 8,826 beds. Nearly 60 percent of long-term care residents in Florida do not receive visits from family members and friends. They may feel alone, isolated, and that they have no voice in the daily care they receive. Unfortunately, many do not have anyone to look out for their best interests regarding their personal rights, health, safety, and welfare.
Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect elders' rights in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes. They seek additional volunteers to identify, investigate, and resolve residents' concerns. Special training and certification are provided.
All interested individuals who care about protecting long-term residents' health, safety, welfare, and rights are encouraged to call toll-free 1-888-831-0404 or visit the program's website at ombudsman.elderaffairs.org.
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