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FOR RELEASE: August 18 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Training Slated for Caring Hearts Nursing Home Volunteers in Okmulgee

Caring Hearts of Oklahoma will soon train volunteers in Okmulgee to make personalized visits to nursing home residents.

Anyone in the Okmulgee area interested in volunteering for the Caring Hearts program can attend special training at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Highland Park Manor, 1307 R.D. Miller Drive, Okmulgee.

Caring Hearts of Oklahoma is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Volunteers who complete the Caring Hearts training make visits and help with activities for some 23,000 frail and elderly people living in nursing homes in Oklahoma. Many of those nursing home residents have physical and mental problems and need care 24-hours a day.

“Caring Hearts training gives volunteers new skills and information that will improve the quality of their visits with the elderly. It also encourages businesses and local groups to work together to improve the lives of nursing home residents in their communities,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher.

“We screen and train volunteers for every Oklahoma nursing facility that wants to participate,” said Leslie Elliott, OSDH volunteer coordinator for Caring Hearts of Oklahoma. “We also work with existing volunteer groups to support them and provide background checks for the program,” she said.

Anyone interested in becoming a Caring Hearts volunteer, or volunteer groups interested in participating in the training program, may contact Elliott at (405) 271-9444, extension 57981, or e-mail lesliee@health.ok.gov.

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