Category: Volunteers

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 adoptanursinghomepatient@gmail.com.

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.

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!

Rosie

PS if you cannot make it but want to donate to the cause  it is welcomed.

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Painting Demo and Coloring Session By Raymond Horner Jr.

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.

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Our First Meet and Greet January 28, 2017

We held out very first Meet and Greet on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Irvington. NJ courtesy of Novus Equities in their beautiful conference room.

In attendance were those who wanted to volunteer, board members and those who will help us with their wisdom, expertise and prayers.

Each person had an opportunity to share  a passion snd expertise they had a desire to share with someone else.

 

After the meeting we conducted an assembly line to create gift packages for the upcoming Art Demonstration and coloring page event at a local nursing home on February, 12, 2017.

And the result was 61 gift bags with lotion, tissues, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste and socks.