SEASIDE - The Oregon State Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is offering a two hour introductory session on the Long-Term Care Certified Volunteer Ombudsman Program. The session will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Clatsop Community College South Campus, 1455 North Roosevelt Drive, Room 1, in Seaside. A follow-up certification training will be scheduled on the North Coast following the introductory session during late October or early November, depending on the schedules of prospective volunteers.

Certified ombudsman volunteers work as advocates for residents who live in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living and adult foster homes. Volunteers investigate resident complaints, advocate for the best possible quality of care and work to support residents' rights.

For information, contact Deputy State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Laura Lenhardt at (800) 522-2602.