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Volunteer Opportunities

 

  Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

serving Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties

 

What does a Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteer do?

Ombudsmen regularly visit a nursing home or adult home and help residents and their families understand and exercise their rights to quality care and quality of life.

…And what if there is a problem?

The ombudsman will help a resident improve his or her quality of daily life by providing information or by advocating on the resident’s behalf to solve a problem that the resident has not been able to resolve on their own.

How are volunteers trained to do this work?

Long Term Care Ombudsmen are NYS certified.  The local county program coordinator and staff of the Office of the New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman will provide the necessary certification training as well as on-going training and support.

How much time is required?

Volunteers are asked to dedicate about 2 hours per week for visits and necessary follow-up, documentation of activities, and a monthly meeting or in-service training.

How do I find out more about the program or sign up?

LTCOP Service Description

Volunteers for LTCOP must be 21 years of age or older.  Request an application and interview from: Caryn Bullis, Aging Sevices Specialist, cbullis@tompkins-co.org

Visit the program web site at www.ltcombudsman.ny.gov/

 

 

Project Care and Project Generations--a free friendly visiting program

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has an active group of volunteers who serve frail or isolated seniors in their homes. This program is called: Project Care.

Project Care began in 1985. Volunteers from the community began meeting with isolated seniors on a regular basis to provide companionship, respite for caregivers, or help with household chores and errands.

Today, this vibrant program includes both a community-based and college-based volunteer experience. Students from Ithaca College and Cornell University are matched with area seniors to provide in-home contact and friendly visits. The partnership between college students and area seniors is called Project Generations.

An Aging Services Specialist at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging screens both volunteers and seniors to ensure the experience will be beneficial to everyone.

What are people saying about Project Care/Project Generations? Click here to learn what people are saying about their volunteer experience. Contributing time as a volunteer can be a rich and personally rewarding experience.

If you are interested in volunteering (or you know someone who would like a visit from one of our volunteers) please contact:

Robert Levine, Aging Services Specialist
(607) 274-5482

 

Other types of volunteer experiences--which one is right for you?

 

Contact the Tompkins County Office for the Aging to find a volunteer opportunity to match your skills and interests.