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Chatham Needs Volunteers for Committee Involved with Adult Care Homes

Post Date:03/14/2019 8:11 AM
Chatham County seeks residents to apply for several vacancies on its Nursing & Adult Care Homes Community Advisory Committee. This committee helps protect the rights and safety of residents living in adult care homes and nursing homes by making unannounced visits to these facilities, as required by state law. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2019.

During quarterly unannounced visits of long-term care facilities, members talk with residents and family members about concerns or questions. While the committee members represent the voice of facility resident, they do not provide onsite guidance or direction to the facilities.

Adult care homes are long-term care facilities providing 24-hour personal care and supervision, which includes assisted living facilities, rest homes, and family care homes. Nursing homes are long-term care facilities providing supervision, personal care and skilled nursing care.

Interested applicants will first receive training before being recommended to the Chatham County Board of Commissioners for appointment. Appointees would have an initial term of one year and then would be eligible for appointment to a full three-year term.

After appointment, members will continue to receive training and staff support from the regional ombudsman based at the Triangle J Council of Governments to prepare for visits to the long-term care facilities in Chatham County.

All information shared during visits is confidential. Facility staff members are not allowed to interfere with the visits nor take any action against any residents for talking with the committee.

Besides the facility visits, the committee prepares reports to the state on concerns identified during the visits or long-term care in general; fosters community involvement in long-term care facilities; helps make the community aware of the needs of residents in long-term care facilities; and helps educate the public about general aspects of long-term care and the operation of homes in the county.

If interested in serving, complete a county committee application form by Friday, April 5, 2019. The form can be completed and submitted online at: https://chathamnc.seamlessdocs.com/f/CommitteeForm. To obtain a printed or email copy, contact Lindsay Ray at lindsay.ray@chathamnc.org or 919-542-8200.

For more information on the role of the Community Advisory Committee, contact Autumn Cox at the Triangle J Council of Governments at 919-558-9401 or email her at: acox@tjcog.org