I Remember Mama
Did you know that hundreds of elderly women living in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout Monterey County have little to no communications with anyone from outside the facilities?
For many women living in senior homes, Mother’s Day can be an especially lonely occasion.
1,200 flowering plants to be delivered on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 11 -12).
The Alliance on Aging, Monterey County’s largest nonprofit organization providing senior support services, has changed that with the “I Remember MAMA” event.
This event has brightened the lives of senior women for the past 24 years. On Mother’s Day weekend, community volunteers will visit each of the 67 senior care facilities in the county to deliver a flowering plant to a senior woman and bring smiles to these women.
The MAMA event support the important work of the Ombudsman Program. The program advocates for the best possible care for seniors living in nursing homes and residential care facilities. The Ombudsman has been providing services since 1980 to the 2,200 long-term care residents in Monterey County.
Why Is the Ombudsman Program Important to the Community?
Trained Ombudsmen make regular, unannounced visits to senior living facilities to meet with the residents and observe the patterns of care. Through their visits, the Ombudsmen get to know the residents and work with them and/or family members if there are concerns or complaints about the care at the facility, such as: inadequate care, problems with roommates or family members, physical and financial abuse and many more.
What Does an “Ombudsman” Do?
For many residents living in senior long-term care facilities, Ombudsman may be their only visitor from outside the facility. The Ombudsman serves as an advocate on behalf of the resident’s concerns. The Ombudsman works with the facility staff to resolve issues and when necessary, refers issues or potential regulatory violations to Community Care Licensing which is the state regulator.
How to Volunteer?
- Volunteers are urgently needed for the Ombudsman program. If you are interested in making an impact in the lives of seniors in your community, you can volunteer as an Ombudsman. Extensive training will be provided by the Alliance on Aging staff.
- Short on time, but wanted to help? You can help deliver flowers on Mother’s Day weekend.
Click the button below to make a donation online. For more information, please click here.
$35 = 1 flowering plant | $ 105 = 3 flowering plants
$70 = 2 flowering plant | $ 140 = 4 flowering plants
You can send your donations to: 247 Main St., Salinas, CA 93901.
For more information, call Wanda Pan-Christiansen at 831.655.7564.