Volunteer Training for Long-Term Care Communities

How much time do you have for developing volunteer training?

And how much time for actually training your volunteers?

Social isolation and feelings of loneliness are realities that your residents live with everyday.

Without a doubt, care staff are doing what they can to provide person-centered care. But in reality how much time do they really have to spend nurturing relationships?

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Volunteers can nurture meaningful relationships because they have the “luxury of time.”

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So who has the time to research and develop training for your volunteers?

I do! Because that is all I do!

It’s no secret that long-term care communities are struggling to maintain proper staffing, grappling with high turnover rates, and attracting new workers. Because of that, the quality of life for the resident suffers.  The people working in long-term care are doing the best they can with what they have. Well-trained volunteers are not there to replace the professional, instead, with quality training they can become a valuable asset both to your residents as well as your staff.

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Studies show that volunteers want quality training. And they want ongoing training too!

Picture of a laptop and cellphoneWhat are your volunteers doing today?

Even in the midst of COVID-19, they could be completing this training from home!

Why?  Because it is entirely all online!

The training is designed for adult learning. It is interactive and engaging. There are group discussions, role playing, case studies, and opportunities to explore their own understanding of aging and the aging process. The training is lock-stepped so that each training module needs to be completed before moving to the next one. When the volunteer completes the training they receive a “Certificate of Completion” that they are able to download and print.

There are 10 modules (listed below) and they can be customized to fit your community’s unique needs. In addition, new modules can be added to the training as well. 

Topics include:
  • Changing Demographics
  • Myths and Stereotypes
  • Person-Centered Care & the Volunteer
  • Levels of Care
  • Identifying the Needs of Residents
  • Meeting the Needs of Residents
  • Basic Communication Skills
  • Non-Verbal Communications
  • Being a Team Player
  • HIPAA/Resident Rights

So whether you have a training program in place that needs updating or desiring to start a training program from the ground up, contact me to learn how I can help you put together a premier training program for your volunteers.

Paul P Falkowski PhD

Over the past 25 years, I’ve trained and placed well over 600 volunteers for long-term care communities. In that time, I learned that our cities and towns are home to talented people who are looking for meaningful ways to give back to their communities. With this in mind, I’ve taken the step to move this training online.

So , feel free to contact me! I would be happy to discuss your existing program or help you develop your program from the ground up. 

Why am I so passionate about volunteer training?  I’m passionate about this because I’ve been there and know what you are facing and I know what volunteers can do when they are properly trained. With that said, I’m very flexible on my fees and will work with whatever budget you have. I’m here to help you.

Email me at: Paul@VolunCheerLeader.com
Call me toll free: (800)589-2084

Can’t wait to hear from you!

*A list of research articles is available upon request.