Category: Purpose

Do Nursing Home Residents Have Hobbies?

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-Newark’s Donation Brings A Touch of Beauty to 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

Help I’m Lonely and I Need Hope

Pen and Ink by Ray Horner
Let’s Keep Each Other Company

There are times when all of us crave time to be alone for reflection and that good old “me” time. Yet too much alone time can lead to depression and other issues. But if you are a nursing home resident dealing with health issues a lack of social interaction and support can accelerate the reality of physical limitation..

An article in Mcknight’s Long Term Care publication highlights the impact of social isolation and lack of family support on aging residents.  They highlight the profound impact of socialization on the six dimensions of health  defined as emotional, physical,vocational,spiritual, intellectual,and social. Is it any wonder why activities are a critical component of the holistic care of a nursing home resident?

Our mission at Adopt A Nursing Home Patient challenges us to enhance the level of activities by infusing attention on the interests and passions of the individual resident. Hence, the suggestions made by the article to have book clubs, for example is targeted to the residents who love reading and discussing their books. Hence, our challenge is to locate volunteers who can not only lead a book club but have a similar passion for books.

We are convinced that attention to those six dimensions of health can really improve the quality of life for the nursing home resident. It can really give HOPE to the Lonely.

Please take a few minutes to read the Mcknight article and offer suggestions and comments.

Our First Fund-Raiser Was A Hit!

On November 18, 2017 we had our first fund-raising shopping trip. Penn Dutch shopping and food was only surpassed by the true fellowship of all who attended. Although it was a messy rainy day the sunshine inside the bus was bright.

We played several games onboard and so many people walked away with awesome gifts donated for the enjoyment on the trip.

Check out just a few of the happy winners.


Meet and Greet will be held April 29, 2017

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.




Depression in Nursing Homes is Higher Than in Adult Day Care


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.


What We Desire To Do



Have you ever visited someone in a nursing home? Did you ever recall how expansive their interests and involvement was before their illness restricted their activities? Did you mourn with them in the loss of that freedom and wish you could help them feel connected to some of the things that used put a sparkle in their eyes?

It is our desire to help nursing home patients get that sparkle back in their eyes despite their current limitations. Our volunteers want to help the nursing home activities staff provide activities targeted to individual hobbies and interests.

For example, if a group of residents have been identified that used to play the guitar than volunteers who play the guitar will visit them on a consistent basis-to play the guitar not just to them but with them.

For many of the patients the visits they receive from our volunteers may be one of the few they get if family and friends are not able to encourage them.

We also hope to provide encouragement support sessions to staff providing direct care to the residents. Don’t they deserve a sparkle in their eyes too?