Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

A special group of Wake County volunteers is hard at work protecting local nursing home residents and improving the quality of care they receive.

Wake County’s Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee monitors nursing home care by conducting quarterly visits to the 21 nursing homes throughout Wake County. These visits help to ensure residents are thriving and that the quality of care they receive – from medical care to living accommodations to social activities – is top notch.

“Volunteers are essential to the work we do,” said Jennifer Link, ombudsman for the Wake County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee. “Volunteers serve as our eyes and ears in nursing homes across the county. With our volunteers, we are better able to try to ensure quality of care or improve residents’ everyday lives.”

"Our volunteers create hope for these residents and that's priceless."

In addition to ensuring quality of services, committee members conduct less formal, friendly visits to get to know residents one-on-one or to participate in fun group activities. These social interactions can have huge impacts on residents.

“Not all long term care residents have family members who can visit often,” said Link. “Our volunteers spend time with these residents, providing valuable social interaction. Our volunteers create hope for these residents and that’s priceless.”

Anyone who has a passion for helping the elderly and is interested in donating his or her time can apply for the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee. Appointments to the committee are confirmed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Volunteers engage with their community on a regular basis throughout the year.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Link at 919-558-9404 or jlink@tjcog.org.