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WSU VISTA - Long-term Care Ombudsman Volunteer Coordinator
Kansas’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program was founded in 1975 as a result of the federal Older Americans Act, which grants a special set of residents' rights to individuals who live in long-term care facilities. The program is headed by the state ombudsman. There are 7 regional ombudsmen who supervise the ombudsman volunteers in their region. Kansas' Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a resident-centered program designed to advocate for the civil and human rights of adult care home residents and give a voice to residents who might otherwise go unheard. The Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services directory shows there are 820 Adult Care Homes in Kansas; these include Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Plus, Residential Care Facilities, Boarding Care Homes and Adult Day Care. These Adult Care Homes have a total capacity for over 18,000 residents. Sixty-five percent of the care of these residents is paid for by Medicaid and many have no family or friends to advocate for them. Those receiving Medicaid are low-income families or individuals with long-term or medical and custodial care costs. The Ombudsman Program currently has 114 ombudsman volunteers assigned to an adult care home near them. These leaving thousands of adult care home residents without regular access to an ombudsman, adversely affecting their quality of care and quality of life. The position will build capacity for the organization through two focuses: 1) Assisting with volunteer recruitment to build program capacity targeting Medicaid recipients; and 2) developing recruitment and training resources for ongoing use by the agency to build its capacity.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : 1. Develop new ombudsman volunteer training manual and Instructor’s Guide. 2. Develop different methods for training, including classroom, one-on-one and videoconferencing. 3. Develop and implement a statewide plan for recruiting new ombudsmen volunteers. 4. Identify and establish resources and partnerships to facilitate volunteer recruitment. 5. Identify and develop online resources for volunteer recruitment. 6. Develop supplementary ways that volunteers can support our program. 7.Develop an Ombudsman Volunteer Coordinators’ Handbook
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Elder Care . 
Skills :
Public Health . 
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WSU VISTA - Long-term Care Ombudsman Volunteer Coordinator

Program Start/End Date
02/10/2017  -   02/09/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations KANSAS  

Accepting Applications
From  02/03/2016  To  01/15/2017 

Contact Barbra Hickert
900 SW Jackson St
Topeka   KS   66612
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 64896