The NJ Long-Term Care Ombudsman (NJLTCO) has identified an urgent need for volunteer nursing home advocates in Burlington County. The NJLTCO provides advocacy to people living in long-term care facilities and investigates allegations of abuse and neglect in those facilities. Volunteers undergo 32 hours of training in communication, observation, and troubleshooting skills and are required to shadow an experienced volunteer before being assigned to a facility. Once assigned to a facility, they are required to spend at least four hours a week visiting residents, listening to their concerns and troubleshooting problems with the facility administration. Anyone over the age of 21 who is interested in volunteering can email Deirdre Mraw at Deirdre.Mraw@ltco.nj.gov or call her at 609-826-5053. Or check out the NJLTCO website at www.nj.gov/ltco to sign up.