Many of our frail Alaskan pioneers in nursing and assisted living homes have no family nearby to advocate for them. Our volunteers come from many walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: they are committed to making residents’ lives better. They do this by monitoring the conditions in homes, listening to residents, working with the home to resolve problems, and alerting the Ombudsman when they cannot resolve problems or when residents are at risk of harm.
We invite you to join this dedicated group of advocates.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a criminal background check. They complete 24 hours of online and class training, followed by as many supervised home visits as they need to feel comfortable as ombudsmen. We continue to provide supervision as long as they are active ombudsmen.
Volunteers can work as few as 2-4 hours a month, but we do ask them to make a year’s commitment to the program.