gradd-2OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/25/14) — The Green River Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is hosting training for new volunteers on Sept. 8 and 9 at Logsdon Community Center (2400 Friendship Drive, Owensboro).

This training is designed to educate individuals who are interested in becoming a certified ombudsman or friendly visitor for nursing and personal care home residents in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union or Webster counties.

Certified ombudsmen complete a 25-hour free training which includes classroom instruction and one-on-one training in the field. Friendly visitors receive four hours of training.

New volunteers will be asked to fill out required paperwork that includes a background check and conflict of interest forms. Once the paperwork is completed, the volunteer will then proceed with training and certification.

Ombudsman Program participants make visits at least once a month.

Nearly two-thirds of nursing home residents have only one visitor a year, according to Sheila Howard, GRADD Ombudsman.

“Our volunteers help residents resolve any concerns that may arise,” said Howard. “But they also provide socialization—someone to chat with and share life experiences.” GRADD currently has 11 certified ombudsmen to serve 26 facilities across the region. “One of the greatest benefits is the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference in a resident’s life,” noted Howard. “Volunteers are also rewarded through building friendships with residents and becoming part of a caring team.”

For more information or to sign up for training, please contact Sheila Howard at (800) 928-9094.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Woody Maglinger

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

springhour
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Christian County Chamber of Commerce Hosting 'Career Pathways Expo' March 26

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (3/3/15) — Christian County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Career Pathways Expo noon - 6 p.m.… Read More

Charlie's Lunch: A Feeding Ministry

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (3/3/15) — In early January, Ashley Mefford, an Initial Outfitters representative, contacted… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9222

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 8487

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 24, 2015 8270

Two Charged in Central City Meth Bust

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 6354

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 24, 2015 5605

School Board Holding Special Called Meeting

in Muhlenberg News by Sherri Miller
March 03, 2015 5361

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 09, 2015

Police Pursue Man after Fight at Taco Bell

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 03, 2015 5361

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 03, 2015 3395

Sacramento Man Charged with Rape, Sodomy

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
March 03, 2015 2363

Madisonville Man Charged for Robbery in Greenville

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Greenville Police Department
March 03, 2015 2332

Superintendent: Spring Break Won't be Touched…

in Hopkins News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 03, 2015 1531

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 3, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
March 03, 2015 1348

Baptist Health Madisonville Now Offering…

in Hopkins News by Kristy Quinn
March 03, 2015 1331

SHMS Dance Team Places in State Championship

in Hopkins News by South Hopkins Middle School
March 03, 2015 1299

Militant Crazy Religion, Avoid the Damage

in General News For All Sites by Dr. Glenn Mollette
March 03, 2015 1285

Local Students Place in Stanley Lewis Cultural…

in Hopkins News by Joyce Riggs
March 03, 2015 1243

SurfKY News Exclusive: John Conlee Talks of 40…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News