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 her experiences as a volunteer. In these days, I need, and I think, we may all need to feel that warm embrace. I hope you enjoy reading this article as much as I did.
“Reproduced with permission of American Society on Aging, from Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, Jeanette Reid, 23, 4, 2000 Reasons to Grow Old: Meaning in Later Life (Winter 1999-2000), pp. 51-55 permission conveyed through Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.”
“Living Creatively in a Nursing Home”
by Jeanette Reid
Continue reading ““Something Beautiful…””
A volunteer gains an education in resilience, reflections, and courage.
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 knowing that our loved ones were dying alone in an intensive care unit. It’s time for change.Continue reading “It’s Time for Change!”
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 courses I am teaching.
Of particular joy for me was launching “Volunteer Management and Aging Services.” Now, at the end of the semester, it has been extremely satisfying to read the students’ final exam submissions. I ask them to explain what they were taking away from the course, and as they move into their careers (administrators, health care workers, and social workers) how would they apply what they’ve learned.
Every possible resource will be needed to support an ever-aging population in the U.S.
A colleague just shared the Washington Post article: “Taking steps to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps to help older adults” with me and I am just thrilled to see this happening. Creating a sustainable volunteer force is badly needed.Continue reading “Yes!”
Discovering the word for compassion in Hawaiian tradition…
I’ve written a few articles on compassion, and so for this one, I decided to do something a little different. I began by pulling up the word compassion on the internet to see what would pop up. My search produced a window with the definition of compassion, and then a “translate ‘compassion’ to” another language box appeared.
I started translating compassion into various languages starting with Afrikaans “medelye,” to Albanian “dhembshuri,” to German “barmherzigkeit,” Haitian Creole “konpasyon,” and then Hawaiian “aloha.” I stopped there because I was always under the impression that the expression “aloha” was an Hawaiian greeting and further research shows that indeed it is. But, I went on to discover that “aloha” means so much more.Continue reading “The Power of Aloha”
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 of regulations and laws governing the use of volunteers but that should not deter you from creating and taking full advantage of a strong volunteer force.Continue reading “Creating a Robust Volunteer Force: It’s not about free labor”
I am thrilled to announce that “Volunteering in Long-Term Communities” volunteer training is now available online!
For the past 25 years, I have been advocating for people to visit the people living in nursing homes. So often nursing home residents do not get visitors which may lead to feelings of loneliness and uselessness.
Over the last seven years I have been advocating for nursing homes to not only expand their volunteer programs but to expand the role of the volunteer in their nursing homes.
Perceptions are everything. From my earliest days of military training to the present, I have been taught and now am teaching my own students and volunteers that perceptions powerfully influence the way people think and react. This holds true for nursing homes as well. Recruiting volunteers is challenging particularly when it comes to recruiting volunteers for nursing homes.