Health Notes


October 24, 2004

Volunteers sought for ombudsman program

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to monitor nursing homes and assisted living facilities and to uphold the rights of residents in those facilities.

Volunteers visit facilities and investigate complaints, from proper resident care and hygiene issues to abuse and privacy rights, and seek to resolve problems experienced by residents. Ombudsmen monitor conditions to ensure regulatory compliance.

Potential ombudsmen must be 21 years old and complete three days of classroom training to be accepted into the program. Training provides participants with a working knowledge of the ombudsman program and the long-term care system.

Topics will include residents' rights, the aging process, confidentiality and complaint investigation.

Training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at the Bureau of Aging offices, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Volunteers must attend all classes.

Registration is required. Information: 410-848-4049 or 410-876-3363.

Annual drug summit scheduled for Thursday

The Carroll County commissioners will sponsor the annual Carroll County Drug Summit, "For Our Children's Sake," Thursday at the Gamber fire hall on Route 32 at Niner Road.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. for 20 vendors and exhibits. Fool Proof, a teen improvisational theater group, will perform at 6:30 p.m.

The program for teens, parents and the community will begin at 7 p.m., with speakers addressing substance abuse issues, including law enforcement and treatment.

David Daggett from the Carroll County state's attorney's office and a speaker from the Carroll County Health Department Addictions Bureau will discuss the state of the county regarding substance abuse.

Judy Kressig will speak on the results of making wrong choices, such as drinking and driving.

Debbie Yohn, registered nurse, will tell stories from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

A panel of experts will answer questions from the audience.

The summit is hosted by Junction Inc., in cooperation with the Carroll County Heroin Action Coalition, state's attorney's office, and the Carroll County Health Department Addictions Bureau.

Information: 410-871-7645 or 410-848-6100.

Program to help smokers, chewers quit

The Carroll County Health Department and Carroll Hospital Center will offer a "Stop Using Tobacco for Life" program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays Nov. 4 to Dec. 16 at the hospital.

The program will help smokers and chewers learn how to stop using tobacco for life.

Nicotine replacement vouchers will be provided to participants.

Education and cessation counselors are available to answer questions by calling 410-876-4429.

Information and registration: 410-848-2244.

Carroll Hospital Center honors Shane Jager

Shane Jager, a computer specialist in the information systems department, was named Carroll Hospital Center's Employee of the Year for 2004.

A hospital employee for four years, he was recognized for his willingness to always help others, team spirit, gracious attitude and dependable work and dedication to the hospital.

He received a plaque and a $100 gift certificate.

The Westminster resident has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Towson University.

Conference to explore family violence, effects

The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of the Local Management Board of Carroll County will hold a conference on "Carroll's Community Response to Family Violence" from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Carroll Community College.

The conference is for anyone who wants to learn about or provide services to victims of trauma.

Representatives are welcome from law enforcement, the courts, social services, juvenile services, health, education, child care, faith, human services, mental health, substance abuse and the general public.

The conference will identify the spectrum of family violence (domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, juvenile violence), its impact on survivors and services that are available in Carroll County.

Registration is $10 for Carroll County residents, $15 for out-of- county residents, and $20 for out-of-state residents.

Information: 410-386-3600 or 410-876-1233.

Rape crisis service needs hot line volunteers

The Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County is seeking people who are interested in becoming hot line crisis counselors.

No counseling experience is necessary; the service will provide training.

Volunteers will be trained to staff a 24-hour telephone hotline, which might include going with a client to the local hospital and police.

Information: 410-857-0900.

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