Summit County Probate Court seeks volunteers for senior citizen guardian program

October 24, 2018 GMT

Summit County Probate Court seeks volunteers for senior citizen guardian program

AKRON, Ohio — The Summit County Probate Court is recruiting volunteers for its Volunteer Guardian Program. 

Volunteers will serve as advocates or legal guardians for the county’s growing senior population.

Seniors become a ward of the Probate Court when they do not have support from friends or relatives and struggle to speak or make decisions for themselves.

“The Probate Court appoints guardians for a person unable to manage his or her own affairs,” Probate Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer said in a news release.

Volunteer guardians in the program will be trained to advocate for senior indigent adults in long-term-care facilities or group homes.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check. Background checks are available through the Summit County Clerk of Courts.

An initial application must be submitted, and training must be completed for each accepted applicant.

An annual report is also required for each volunteer.

The Probate Court currently serves as “superior guardian” for approximately 2,500 senior citizens in the county. 

The Volunteer Guardian Program was founded in 2014 and has provided training for volunteers to advocate for hundreds of local seniors.

Those interested in learning more about the program should contact Volunteer Guardian Program Director Mary Ann Freedman at volunteerguardian@schd.org or 330-697-4044, or they may reach out to Julie Falter, volunteer recruiter, at vgpsummit@gmail.com or 330-703-5970.

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