Health
Thursday, April 23, 2002
Friendly visitors needed for long-term care program
Delaware’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) is seeking volunteers in Kent and Sussex counties to serve as “Friendly Visitors” to residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Friendly Visitors spend a few hours each week serving as advocates for elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes in their community. The visits are used not only as fact-finding missions to ensure that proper care is being provided, but also to alleviate the loneliness and isolation that is sometimes experienced by nursing home residents. “Friendly Visitors can make a big difference in the lives of those in long-term care facilities,” said Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Akers. “The residents really look forward to the visits, and find comfort in knowing that someone is watching out for them.” Interested individuals are asked to sign up to take part in a 15-hour training program that begins on June 3. To learn more about this program or to sign up for the volunteer training, call Akers at 422-1386, ext. 233.
Child seat inspection site
The Office of Highway Safety opened its first Permanent Child Restraint Fitting Station in the Division of Motor Vehicles Dover office in late April. A Fitting Station is a permanent location where individuals can have a child safety seat inspected for correct installation. Currently, parents who want their child’s car seat checked must wait for the next available community car seat check event, which may be up to a month away. To schedule an appointment please contact Fitting Station Coordinator Nadine Holleger at (302) 744-2749. If successful, the Permanent Fitting Station project may be expanded to DMV sites in New Castle and Sussex counties.