The office of the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman needs more volunteers to advocate for residents living in retirement facilities, adult foster care homes, and more.

Volunteers are needed in Marion, Polk, Linn and Benton counties.

They advocate for resident rights, dignity and care. Ombudsmen provide education, investigate resident concerns, and seek to find solutions for the residents.

Volunteers enjoy a flexible schedule with a four-hour per week commitment, working closely with staff, helping ensure quality care for residents, keeping active and building relationships.

A certified ombudsman volunteer training has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, and Nov. 2, 3 and 16, in Salem.

Applications are being accepted now. Contact Lené Garrett, 503-378-6303 or lene.garrett@oregon.gov.

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