Advocate for Older Adults

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The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc. is seeking volunteers for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) to advocate for residents in licensed long-term care facilities, which include nursing and adult homes and assisted living residences in Westchester County. Volunteer Ombudsmen help to resolve complaints, monitor quality of life and preserve the dignity of residents in these facilities. Volunteers complete a 36-hour training to become NYS Certified Ombudsmen. In this free training, experts cover a range of topics including understanding the aging process, regulations, levels of care, and how-to work and negotiate with facility staff for the protection of residents’ rights as prescribed by law. The next LTCOP training starts September 14. Please contact Margaret Hadad at (914) 345-5900 ext. 298 or hadadm@mhawestchester.org.