Nursing Home Ombudsman: Walking In...
by Jeff Hall
I am an Ombudsman in my state and I enjoy walking into nursing homes and just setting down and talking to people. From time to time I might ask a question or two, but many times I just listen to what is being said.
Many times it looks like two old men just talking the day away, but I am looking and watching all the time.
If a light comes on, how long is it before someone comes to check on a person. When I stay for a meal is the food good and warm or cold and bad. Is there an odor in the building or is someone setting in a wheelchair for hours on end with no one to talk to them. I have seen it all and I have also seen changes being made to improve the quality of life for people.
When you volunteer to become an Ombudsman, you are working to make a better life for everyone that lives and works in these centers.
I enjoy doing this and the rewards are great in so many ways.
Wendy: I LOVE THIS IDEA! You, personally, get out of your home, the residents love to talk to someone and your listening is what they crave most, and in the end, they benefit from your keen observances and reporting back.
Thanks for making a difference in this world.
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