What do you think it would be like to live in a nursing home? Would it be hard to keep your regular schedule? How would you adjust to “downsizing” from a home to a room—often shared with a roommate? Would you feel comfortable expressing your concerns to staff and family, or would you find it difficult to have your voice heard in a home that serves many?

Those who move into nursing homes may be surrounded by people but feel alone. If they have regular visits from family and friends, they can more easily make the adjustment. Unfortunately, more than two thirds of nursing home residents do not receive regular visitors.

Volunteer ombudsmen fill a critical role by visiting nursing homes on a regular basis. They talk with residents, observe their care, and help them address concerns. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for residents’ rights such as dependable and consistent care, and an environment that promotes residents’ dignity.

The Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas Ombudsman Program has immediate need for warm-hearted volunteers to help residents of nursing and assisted living facilities in Glen Rose, Stephenville, Granbury and Cleburne. No prior experience is required to serve as a volunteer ombudsman, but volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteer hours are flexible and are determined by each volunteer. 

The free four-day volunteer ombudsman state certification training will be held In Granbury on Oct. 4, 18, 25 and Nov. 1. Each class is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is requested. Contact Pat Borgfeldt of the Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas at (817) 360-0984, 1 (800) 272-3921 or PBorgfeldt@nctcog.org to register.