Bohnhoff, Gray Recognized for Senior Advocacy Work

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Published on August 29 2014 10:25 am
Last Updated on August 29 2014 10:25 am
Written by Greg Sapp

The Illinois Department on Aging honored two area individuals for services to the aging at the Adult Protection and Advocacy Conference in Oak Brook earlier this month.

Among those recognized as Outstanding Community Long Term Care Ombudsmen were Effingham City/County Committee on Aging Executive Director Jean Bohnhoff and Darla Gray of SWAN (Stopping Women Abuse Now).

In a letter of nomination, Bohnhoff was recognized for her focus of making the lives of older adults "the best they can be." The letter went on to say, "She does not accept 'no' or 'it can't be done' as answers. She continues searching for solutions. Jean Bohnhoff celebrates ombudsmen and truly believes in the mission of the program, which is exemplified in how she treats those she advocates for and with."

As for Gray, a letter of nomination mentioned she "has been with the Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program for less than two years, but has accomplished much for the residents she serves. During facility visits, she takes time to get to know residents and forms relationships of trust and respect. Residents need not worry because Darla Gray works to better the quality of life for these residents."