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9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Probate Court forms Senior Visitor Program

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer announced the creation of the Senior Visitor Program to assist the court by providing qualified, caring volunteers to visit seniors living in long-term care facilities.

“I believe our seniors deserve the best care that our community can provide,” said Stormer. “Sadly, many of our seniors have no family or friends to help them with important decisions, and when this happens, it is the responsibility of Probate Court to appoint a guardian. The services of the trained Senior Visitor Program volunteers will be both a support to the appointed guardian and a valuable tool in helping to ensure that the needs of our wards are being met. If you enjoy helping seniors and believe that your life can be enriched by giving back in this way, I invite you to become a Probate Court Senior Visitor Program volunteer.”

Requirements for serving as a volunteer include: submission of a program application with references, successful completion of a background check, an interview with court personnel, possession of a current Ohio driver’s license, access to reliable transportation with proof of current auto insurance and completion of a court-conducted training program. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Volunteer training will be held Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Akron Bar Association, 57 S. Broadway St. For more on the program, contact the court at 330-643-8771 or seniorvisitor@summitohioprobate.com.

 

Ariel Hakim contributed to this report.

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