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2003-08-22 tracking communities section
Ombudsmen volunteers attend training


ATTENDING THE VOLUNTEER training from the FIVCO area were, from left to right, Willa Boyd, visitor; Bob Rucker, certified volunteer ombudsman; Brenda Wilbum, advisory council member; Karen Rice Sizemore, FIVCO ADD aging planner; Carol Chapman, FIVCO ADD assistant aging planner and advisory council member; and Sam Lyon, advisory council member. Also attending, but not pictured, were Ruslyn Case-Compton, Certified Volunteer Ombudsman and Angela K. Rigsby, FIVCO District Long Term Care Ombudsman. (click for larger version)
PRESTONSBURG Volunteers with the Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs in the FIVCO, Gateway, Buffalo Trace and Big Sandy area development districts attended a training and recognition event in June at Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg.

A long term care ombudsman is an advocate for residents in licensed nursing facilities, personal care and family care homes.

Two volunteers received special recognition at this event. Bob Rucker with the FIVCO Ombudsman program and Thelma Pugh with the Big Sandy Ombudsman program were the joint recipients of the Barbara Lands Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. Although all volunteers contribute a much-needed service to the program, Rucker and Pugh were recognized for their above-and-beyond volunteer efforts and contributions to the program.


BARBARA LANDS' HUSBAND, John, and daughter, Katie, attended the event to recognize the recipients. Pictured above are Katie Lands, Thelma Pugh, Bob Rucker and John Lands. (click for larger version)
Barbara Lands served as the Eastern Regional Ombudsman from 1995-2002 and died in April. Prior to working with the Ombudsman program, Lands worked with the Cabinet for Families and Children for over 20 years. Whether working with children or the vulnerable elderly population, officials said Lands was a true advocate for those less fortunate and worked toward ensuring all people, whether young or old, were treated with respect and dignity. Lands' husband, John, and daughter, Katie, attended the event to recognize the recipients.

At the June 12 training, volunteers attended the following presentations: Wills, Guardianship, Advance Directives and Powers of Attorney, presented by Andy White, attorney at law; Validation Therapy in the Aggressive Resident, presented by Pat Collinsworth, clinical therapist and social worker; and health insurance portability of accountability Act (HIPPA), presented by Dianna Reynolds, Gateway District LTC Ombudsman.

After the training sessions, the volunteers played "Resident Family Feud" as an interesting and fun way to refresh the volunteers on resident rights. Volunteers received door prizes throughout the training. In addition, each volunteer was presented with a matted/framed wall hanging of a cross-stitched Iris with the volunteer's name and date. Willa Boyd, a volunteer with the FIVCO Long Term Care Program, crafted the cross-stitched Irises.

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