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 […]
Category: Volunteer Impact on Care Staff
Articles that relay stories and testimonials of how volunteers impacted the care staff
Creating the Volun-Cheer Force – Review
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. […]
“Timely, Not Counter-Intuitive”
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.
The Power of Aloha
Discovering the word for compassion in Hawaiian tradition…
Creating a Robust Volunteer Force: It’s not about free labor
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 […]
Hillcrest Health Services Gets It!
It is becoming increasingly evident that providing quality of life through “person-centered” care is as much about nurturing meaningful relationships, that include trust, intimacy and empathy between two people. Volunteers, properly screened and trained are in the perfect place to provide that level of care. […]
As promised, VolunCheerLeader.com will highlight great volunteer programs and promote the idea that volunteers, i.e., “super” volunteers can take on increased responsibilities to become a trained and meaningful support for professional care staff who are often stressed and overworked, with residents, patients who suffer from […]
How do you recruit 800 volunteers?
As you know, VolunCheerLeader is on a quest to identify and highlight outstanding volunteer programs. My journey is taking to me many different places to include Auckland, New Zealand. Recently, while explaining my mission to someone they immediately piped up and said, “You have to […]
Prior to the Nursing Home Reform Act…
The history of volunteers and their role in nursing homes is of great interest to me at the moment. I’m writing about the evolution of the volunteer role in nursing homes before and after the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. There is no doubt […]
Welcome to VolunCheerLeader!
Welcome to VolunCheerLeader! VolunCheerLeader is your source for developing, implementing, revamping or evaluating your nursing home volunteer program! Delivering quality, “person-centered” care is a global need. People from around the world will gather here to collaborate, and to promote the “super” volunteer, the “credentialed” volunteer […]