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Jul 6, 2009

Nursing Home News- July 2009

NEW TIPS FOR VISITING NURSING HOMES

We found a wonderful article on legacyproject.org that outlines a few tips we should all keep in mind while visiting our residents.

· One-on-one visits will vary. You may find residents in the lobby, hallway, garden, community room, as well as their individual rooms. Start a conversation by introducing yourself casually: "Hello. My name is… Would you like me to visit with you today?" Some people may not want to visit, but most will say yes. Your interaction will be short or long depending on the person. Even a few minutes can brighten a resident's day.

.· Remember that the care facility is home to the older adults and you should respect their privacy and living space as much as possible. When you're entering a room, even if the door is open, knock first.

· Don't feel obligated to solve the personal problems of a resident. Just being there to listen and empathize is important.

· At the end of each conversation, before you move on to visit with the next person, thank the resident for spending time with you. You can shake their hand or offer to give them a hug. If a person doesn't want you to leave, try to get them involved in another activity, take them to be with a group of people, turn on the television, or place something in their hands like a small memento that they can hold on to.

· Keep promises. Don't promise to return if you aren't able to come back. Never say anything unless you mean it.


UPCOMING EVENTS AT

NURSING HOMES

Thursday, July 9th, 3:30 pm, Steve’s Casino at Parklands – A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – By popular demand, Steve comes the second Thursday of each month to deal blackjack for the residents (who play for prizes).  He can always use some extra dealers, so let us know if you’d like to come join the fun!

Thursday, July 16th, 3:30 pm – “Storytellers Society” at Parklands- These group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.

Thursday, July 30th at 2:30 pm- Birthday Celebration at Parklands- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in July. Meet us in the dining room where we will have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc.  Do you play an instrument or have some other talent?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know! 


MORE INFORMATION

Please check above to find out the nursing home at which an event will be held.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at: http://www.acrosstheages.org/directions.asp

All events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire).  Please contact us and let us know what events you will be attending so our coordinators can be on the lookout for you.   Please call 381-1117 or e-mail us at info@acrosstheages.org for more information.

 


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