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GSSS needs volunteer advocate applications

GREATER SPRINGFIELD -- Greater Springfield Senior Services is accepting applications from caring individuals to serve as volunteer advocates for residents of nursing homes and rest homes through its long term care ombudsman program. Ombudsmen visit with residents once a week to listen to their concerns and address issues affecting the quality of their care. For more information and details about the free trainings in late October, call the ombudsman coordinator at Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc., at 781-8800, ext.178. The long-term care ombudsman program is a state and federally mandated service for all residents in area nursing homes to ensure that their personal rights are respected and they receive treatment in clean, comfortable environments. Greater Springfield Senior Services is a nonprofit organization established in 1972 to provide a variety of in-home and community based services for older adults and their caregivers. It serves the communities of Agawam, Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales, West Springfield and Wilbraham.

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