By now, I believe most of us are hopeful that this year, 2021, will be one filled with a lot more laughter, family get-togethers, vacations, and returning to a somewhat “normal” lifestyle. The danger, though, is that the disturbing and disconcerting feelings of being socially […]
While searching for articles concerning nursing home volunteers, I came across this article from Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging. It spoke to me, particularly in light of the pandemic. As I was reading, I felt a loving, warm embrace as Jeanette shares […]
by Corina Sadler, CVA, Volunteer Resources Supervisor at City of Plano I just finished reading “Creating the Volun-Cheer Force: Rethinking the Way We Use Volunteers in Long-Term Care” by Paul Falkowski Ph.D. I first met Paul (virtually) when he interviewed me for the VolunCheerLeader Podcast. […]
As many of you know I strongly believe and have witnessed first hand how volunteers providing in-person companionship in nursing homes are key to providing quality of life for the people living there and while raising the morale of the people working there.
Over the past several months, a microscopic entity forced us to face our fragility and vulnerability. This invisible creature brought our lives to a halt, forced us to live and work in near isolation, and, most egregiously, experience the heartache and extreme pain caused by […]
For the past nine weeks, like many of you, I’ve been sheltering in place with the occasional brief excursion to the grocery or drug store only to hurry home to resume hiding. The one saving grace and antidote for this insanity comes through the online […]
Every possible resource will be needed to support an ever-aging population in the U.S.
While researching this article, I came across the blog “The Voice of Volunteering,” launched at the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) 15th World Congress in Madrid in May 2017. Moreover, while their focus is on volunteerism in the hospice and palliative care settings, in […]
Not surprisingly, one of the first objections I get for promoting and creating robust volunteer programs for long-term care communities is that it appears that I’m supporting the use of free labor. Nothing could be further from my mind! For sure, there are a lot […]