Rosemary Horner , Executive Director, announced that the second meet and Greet for Adopt A Nursing Home Patient will be held on April, 29, 2017. The start time is 9:30 and should end at 10:30. It will be held at 50 Union Ave, in the the 8th floor conference room.
if you have been thinking about volunteering or just want to know more about us please come.
Also, we will again, assemble our care packages immediately after for our next large group event at a local nursing home. We welcome any contributions.
The planned items are:
socks, lotion, toothbrushes, toothepaste, tissues, and combs. We are also desiring to add a pen , small notepad and chapsticks(or Vaseline) to the package. We are planning packages for 63 patients. Please contact Mamie, her number is below, if you can help with any of these items.
If you can attend please RSVP at 973-371-9718 by April 25, 2017 Tell Mamie to have a cup of coffee or tea ready for you.
Hope to see you there!
PS if you cannot make it but want to donate to the cause it is welcomed.
Research has shown the impact of therapeutic interventions that involve art, music and crafts. An article on Alzheimer.net discusses the impact of Art Therapy.
Creative activities that help to build confidence and hope in patients are a critical component to their care in nursing home settings as well as assisted living. That is why if you click on the Page on this site called Creative Tips it will take you to a blog that will share creative art, music and craft tips for care givers.
There will be future posts from authors that will provide ideas that you can use in caring for a nursing home, home based or assisted living patient. If you have any ideas you would like to share please let us know.
Visit a patient today and bring a flowers of hope that may help to break the bleakness of any depression that may be festering. It may not always be evident but some folks in nursing homes may be depressed.
According to Centers for Disease Control the diagnosis of depression was higher in nursing homes than in Adult Day Care Centers or retirement residential centers in 2012.
Because older adults may have more health issues which contributes to the likelihood that they will be depressed. If you compound that with the feelings of helplessness and loss of control and it is no wonder that many people in nursing homes get depressed.
In older adults depression often occurs alongside other medical conditions. Depression can even worsen the exiting medical conditions. To add to the madness medications for these medical issues can cause side effects that may affect the persons depression.
Most nursing home facilities recognize this and have a strong activities program. However, visitation from outside folks enhance the existing activity efforts. It is another reason to visit nursing home patients as much as possible.