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Feb 3, 2010

Nursing Home News - February 2010

Volunteer Recruitment

We are always looking for quality volunteers to help enrich the lives of nursing home residents. One way we recruit volunteers is through tabling sessions where we inform passersby about what we do at nursing homes. There are many people who want to volunteer but just do not know where to start. Friends Across the Ages participated in the UF Volunteer Fair on January 26th.

Special Request From Parklands

Enjoy movies? Parklands needs a volunteer to start a movie and make popcorn for residents on Saturdays at 7:00 PM. It would be helpful if the volunteer would be willing to pick a movie from the Redbox down the street from Parklands as well. Volunteers would not have to stay for the duration of the movie but are welcome to!



Thursday, February 11th, 1:30PM - “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



Friday, February 12th, 10:00 AM - Reaction Reading at Park Meadows-- Lead by board member Vi Asmuth, Ph.D., this event will be held at Park Meadows.  Residents will be invited to participate in a program that consists of choral reading of poetry.  The group reacts with active participation, knowledge, opinions, feelings, and imagination.  Vi did a study monitoring the results of this small group program in three nursing homes in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. One facility liked the program so much that she continued leading groups there for five years.  If you find this concept interesting, you are welcome to come out to participate.


Monday, February 15th, 7:00 PM – Valentine Goodies -- Come join Jean Lansford and the Signature Healthcare volunteer group hand out Valentine goods and treats to the residents. The volunteers will be split into groups and visiting each resident to bring them a Valentine’s Day goodie.


Wednesday, February 17th, 1:30 PM – “Friend’s Time” -- Each month we will host a different activity for the residents of Signature Healthcare. The monthly event will be based on resident and volunteer input. This month we are assisting residents make Valentine’s crafts. If you have an idea for next month’s activity please let us know!


Thursday, February 18th, 1:30 PM - Casino Time at Parklands -- A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – By popular demand, Steve visits Parklands to deal blackjack and poker 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, February 25th, 2:30 PM - Birthday Celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in February. 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! 



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:

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



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