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Date: Jan 9, 2017

By Lynn McCamie, Baltimore County Department of Aging 

The population in need of long term care services is a growing community and they need your help to protect their rights.

The Ombudsman Program protects the rights and well-being of residents in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehab units and continuing care retirement communities.

Being a Baltimore County Department of Aging Ombudsman offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and advocate for residents. Certified Ombudsmen:

  • Help residents investigate and resolve complaints through the use of advocacy, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Educate residents, family members and nursing home staff about residents' rights.
  • Aid resident and family councils to identify and resolve group concerns.
  • Clarify and communicate concerns to appropriate staff members and help all parties involved find acceptable solutions to problems.
  • Improve the quality of life of long-term care residents.

If you are interested in making a difference, be a superhero. Put on your cape and volunteer. Call the Baltimore County Department of Aging at 410-887-4200 or email ombudsman@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Keywords: aging, ombudsman, volunteer

Attend a free training in Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal Naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose. Training is scheduled for the following dates in 2017:

Wednesday, January 25*, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Drumcastle Government Center, Third Floor
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Wednesday, February 15*, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pikesville Library
1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Tuesday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Essex
911 Mace Avenue
Essex, Maryland 21221

Tuesday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hiss United Methodist Church
8700 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

Tuesday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Arbutus Library
855 Sulphur Spring Road
Arbutus, Maryland 21227

Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21212

*These training will be cancelled if Baltimore County Government closes due to inclement weather.

The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

The session will teach registrants how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone that can be filled on site, and a kit containing information and other materials.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/odresponse  or call 410-887-3828.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016