Nursing home residents who had a hobby before they arrived at the nursing home still desire to enjoy the thrill of their hobby. For example, If they were coin collectors, they would enjoy having someone who still collects coins to bring in a collection and talk with them about it.
I recently visited Maplewood Hobby Shop in Maplewood NJ and saw people participating in lively action games. I chatted with the manager, Rick about hobbies and immediately reflected on the fact that nursing home residents had hobbies before they came to the facilities that may have included historical wargames, etc
We would love to have volunteers work with a group of residents who would enjoy a few hours of active gaming. It is just a germ of an idea now but hope it spreads and becomes contagious. I hope to share more on this possibility later for a large group event.
Meanwhile please view this short video interview I had with Rick about the importance of having a hobby. I am convinced that nurturing residents passions and interests can make a huge difference in the quality of life for that nursing home resident. Wouldn’t you want the same for yourself?
If you are currently in a group or club that shares a hobby interest please keep that excitement going for members who can no longer be in your midst by finding a way to share with them in the nursing home.
Home Depot of Newark, NJ touched the heart strings of everyone from the volunteers of Adopt A Nursing Home Patient to the patients and staff of Alaris Health on 40th Street in Irvington, New Jersey. Mike Butler was our hero as he insured that the items on our wish list ready for distribution.
A few dedicated volunteers gathered on a hot Sunday afternoon to assist the residents in transferring and separating plants that would be part an attempt to add floral life to the outside sitting area.
The awesome thing is that some of the residents were planting experts so we learned from each other and just became helping hands.
We sang songs, told stories and enjoyed each other. We then transferred the newly transplanted flowers outside to the sitting area. This area was bare.
But the transformation has begun with images too many to show.
And there is still much more to do.But thanks to Home Depot in Newark and some dedicated volunteers and board members the beauty is growing. YOU CAN HELP by sharing your resources and expertise. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excited and preparing for upcoming group event at local nursing home called “Bloom Where You are Planted”. Volunteers Dawn Hillman and Patrina Hillman plus others will work with residents to spark their creativity through storytelling, painting demo and coloring session. The coloring page was done by Raymond Horner Jr. and will be a blank of the image here. The visible crack in the cement speaks volumes to anyone not just those in nursing homes. The interactive story that will be narrated and acted out will , hopefully be not only entertaining but encouraging We also will distribute gift packages of socks, lotion, combs and other things we often take for granted but welcomed by residents.I am so grateful for our volunteers like Mattie Hollins Diane Allen Barbara Bennett PLUS MORE and more are needed for upcoming events and one to one adoptions.
On September 8, 2017 Adopt A Nursing Home Patient Organization was honored to participate in a celebration for Marjorie Carter, 102 and Bertha Muldrow, 103 years old. This festive event included other residents, Mayor Tony Vauss, West Ward Councilman Vern Cox, Chaplain James E. Berry and Adopt A Nursing Home Patient Board member Kim Todd and Executive Director, Rosemary Horner.
The energetic and entertaining staff at Alaris Health of Essex went beyond the boundaries of a simple event and produced a program that made an profound statement about the wealth of experience and contributions made by these two women. The visionary for the event, Recreational Director, Patricia L. Desormes, stated “These amazing women are living right here in our midst. The have seen and done so much. I am proud to be part of celebrating their lives.”
Irvington Mayor, Tony Vauss and West Ward Councilman Vern Cox both spoke and acknowledged the women with words of inspiration and presented mayoral proclamations from the city of Irvington that made the family, guests and all that attended proud that they were Irvington residents.
Chaplain James E. Berry shared thought provoking words and blessed them with a powerful prayer of hope and protection.
Adopt a Nursing Home Patient presented them with two silk floral arrangements that were done by a volunteer, Deborah Brown. Two vases were crafted by one of the board members, Lisa Palmer. Executive Director, Rosemary Horner did an interactive presentation with the nursing home residents.
Marjorie Carter was born August 9 1915 in Georgia and siblings of three sisters who are deceased. At 15 years old, she married the love of her life Lee Andrew Carter who at that time was 19 years old. After she was married; worked as a cook/ house keeper and later in the years worked with Atlanta Life Insurance Company selling Life Insurances and was awarded `Best Seller of the Year`”. Her husband and her migrated to New Jersey and became highly involved her church and black women organization. She always dreamed of being a very important person in society. After a while, she taught her dreams were just a dream, but over the years,she had joined every club in her church and was a Sunday school, teacher and an Usher. In her busy life,her husband and she became adoptive parents of three children where she then opened her heart and home to children who were in need. She became a foster mother and devoted all her life to helping children and others who needed to be cared and loved.She passed the Slavery, great World Wars and the Depression days. Ms. Carter is very pleasant where she knows everyone faces and name. She always smiles and concern of staff well-being. She continues provide her motherly love and compassion toward staff. She love music and social gatherings and has many close relationship with the other residents.
Bertha Muldrow was born in Kingstree, South Carolina on October 20, 1914 (no siblings). She is a widower and has one child Janie Mae Porter (who is deceased; she passed away in 2010). She has 4 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She worked as a domestic housekeeper to help provide for her family. Bertha provided clothing to individuals within her community from items given by her employer.Bertha migrated to New Jersey when her daughter sent for her around 1975. After the separation of her daughter and her husband, Bertha assisted her daughter with taking care of her children while she worked. Due to the declined in health status after the death of her daughter; Bertha admitted to Alaris Health on December 16, 2011 as a long-term care patient. She is very pleasant but self-reserved. She is very observant and not afraid to speak her mind. She complements staff their appearance and performances. She is conservative and interacts with certain staffs and peers. Her memory remains intact but has difficulty connecting history events or periods
It was sleeting and the roads were attacked with water and ice. A few of our volunteers contacted us to say they could not make it. A few were also battling with colds and flu. But a few brave souls and board members were able to provide a memorable event.
Inside the dining room was transformed to a warm exciting coloring feast The elements outside could not put a damper on the excited residents who attended.
Ray Horner Jr. began to paint a beautiful butterfly. Interacting with the patients at the same time.
Ray also created a coloring page that each resident with the assistance of volunteers and board members choose from an assortment of coloring markers, pencils and crayons to color. The stimulation for each patient made it hard to end the session. But dinner had to replace the coloring pages on the tables.
Raymond completed his picture and donated it to the facility.
Some patients colored more than one page. The result was a matrix of pictures they will hang in their rooms. The music was good, the laughter was hearty, the songs sung gave hope on a rainy day.
There were several prizes given out for the oldest, youngest veterans, etc. And each patient went back to their rooms with a beautiful gift bag of lotion, comb, toothbrush, tooth paste, tissues and socks.