Maura Donahue

North Charleston

To the Editor:

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On that day, communities in the USA and all over the world highlight solutions to this social challenge.

Trident Area Agency on Aging is proud to have a Long Term Care Ombudsman Program which investigates reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation as well as violations of resident rights in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

An important aspect of our program is the Volunteer Ombudsman program which provides support to elders living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Sadly, 60 percent of nursing home patients don’t have visitors. Our volunteer Ombudsmen help bridge that gap. They are a friendly face whose visits help diminish isolation. They also provide education and advocacy about resident rights.

We can and must create healthier and safer living environments for older adults.

If you want to make a difference and have a few hours to visit and improve the quality of life for seniors, become a volunteer ombudsman.

Word of mouth is also very effective, so please share this opportunity with others who may have time to get involved in this worthy endeavor.

Maura Donahue

Long-term care ombudsman, volunteer coordinator, Trident Area Agency on Aging

North Charleston