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.
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.
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.
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?