Just as a tiny spark can ignite a bonfire, one person can spark a revolution. And here in Montrose, one caring professional has kicked off a revolution in long-term care advocacy.
Region 10 lead ombudsman Eva Veitch has tripled the number of trained advocates working to support and promote the rights of long-term care residents throughout the region.
On Dec. 23, Region 10 celebrated the first ombudsman program graduation. Four trained graduates will now work with Veitch, three as volunteers and one as a Region 10 staffer.
"We have 14 facilities in three counties," said Veitch, who also oversees community living services at Region 10. "I was covering the territory myself, and I quickly saw that it was so big, there was no way one person could cover it alone and do a good job. Now, these graduates have committed for the long term.
"What a gift to our region!"
The first graduates of the ombudsman training program include Claudette Nicolas of Region 10 as well as volunteers Virginia Allen of Delta, Jodi Shormann of Montrose and Cheryl Coffey of Gunnison.
Allen, a newly-retired Delta-Montrose Electric Association executive, said that she found it hard to walk away from community engagement after so many years as a leader in the workforce.
"I was not totally ready just to have fun," Allen said. "I always said I wanted to be able to volunteer, and my own mom was in a nursing home. Now I can help others. I have met so many people, and I realize that every person is valuable and has something to give.
"Everybody wants to give something back."blog comments powered by Disqus