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Protecting rights of seniors to be focus of meeting

April 20, 2010

Those who wish to advocate on behalf of senior citizens are invited to attend a local meeting.

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.

The local council will meet at 12:30 p.m. April 15 at Haven Hospice of North Central Florida located at 4200 NW 90th Boulevard in Gainesville to discuss the program’s current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues.

The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents -- who often have no one else to advocate for them -- are encouraged to call 888-831-0404 or visit the program’s Web site at