The Voice of Aging Training at Cordell Community Center

posted Apr 25, 2016, 6:28 AM by Mary Peck

The eight-area SWODA Ombudsman Volunteers encourage everyone to join them in the rewarding effort of advocacy for residents within long-term care homes.  A free training is planned at Cordell Community Center behind the Cordell City Hall for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 and 4, beginning at 9:30 each day.

The Ombudsman program of SWODA Area Agency on Aging is looking for caring individuals to visit long-term care facilities in southwest Oklahoma in order to make residents aware of their rights. Ombudsmen volunteers work to resolve problems of individual residents and bring about changes at the local, state and national level to improve care of residents in long-term care facilities.

Each and every moment of each and every visit made by our valued volunteer ombudsmen is very important. The residents need and want your thoughtfulness, your caring way of listening to them and your encouragement. You are their VOICE.

Gail Wilcox, ombudsman supervisor, expresses, “Thank you to the SWODA Volunteer Ombudsmen! You touch the individual lives of residents living in our nursing homes. As an ombudsman supervisor, I am very impressed with the dedication and commitment to the program. The many positive interactions that you have with residents are helping them on a weekly basis. This means so much to those individuals especially when you have a successful outcome regarding their concerns.”

Wilcox welcomes questions about the program. Give her a call at 800-627-4882, ext. 132. The SWODA region includes the eight counties of Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita.