It only takes three to six hours a month to make a difference in the world–and all you need are your eyes, ears and of course, your heart. As a Region 10 volunteer ombudsman in the Gunnison region, you will serve as a watchdog and a powerful advocate for the rights of residents in long-term-care facilities. Ombudsmen routinely visit care facilities as supportive advocates, and watch for trends in resident complaints.

“Patience, compassion and a love for people are essential,” Region 10 LTC Ombudsman Sandy Walker said. “Serving as a volunteer ombudsman can be a good way to get involved with the elder community.”

“Ideally, we are looking for someone who is a year-round resident,” Region 10 Community Living Services Director and Lead Ombudsman Eva Veitch said. “You must be over 21 and have a clean background check. Some degree of experience with and awareness of the elderly would be excellent, but training can be provided.”

Mileage will be reimbursed as well, Veitch said, and preference will be given to those with relevant personal or professional experience.

“There is some real meat to this work,” Veitch noted. “You can change lives; this is a very, very important volunteer role.”

Region 10 ombudsmen visit care facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers. To learn more, visit http://www.region10.net/long-term-care-ombudsman/.

The volunteer job description is also available for download.

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