'Put yourself in their position'


Corson enjoying volunteering as ombudsman



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Pat Corson regularly visits nursing and rest home residents in Southbridge, Charlton, West Brookfield, and Spencer as a Tri-Valley Ombudsman Volunteer. Mark Ashton. (click for larger version)
September 13, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — After 42 years of working with people – first as a social worker with the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) in Worcester and then as a Certified Home Health Aide in private homes in the area, Pat Corson settled down and settled into retirement. For a whole three months.

"I ended up just taking the summer off," she says of her brief stint in the world of leisure living. "But I decided I wasn't really ready for the rocking chair."

So she made a phone call to Tri-Valley Inc., which was advertising its need for ombudsman volunteers in the area, and after two weeks of training and a few visits to area "facilities," she was out in the work world again – this time as a volunteer advocating for the needs and rights of residents of rest homes and nursing homes.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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