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May 1, 2011

Nursing Home News May 2011

Nursing Home News

May 2011

New Group at Woodlands Care Center

Friends Across the Ages would like to announce a new opportunity for 1:1 volunteers, with the goal of forming a larger group as we grow! The Woodlands Care Center, 7207 SW 24th Ave., at the intersection of Tower Rd. & 24th Ave., now has a Wednesday 2-3 PM time for volunteers. We meet in the lobby at 1:45. For more info, call Keo 352-870-9800 or

Changing Aging Seminar

Interested in how YOU can help nursing homes be more like home? The Pioneer Network ( has developed a free seminar, "Changing Aging," that educates consumers in how to identify nursing homes that practice "culture change."

Culture change puts the resident's needs and preferences at the center of the plan of care. In culture change, nursing homes re-organize around home-like models rather than the prevailing institutional model. Ultimately, culture change rests on developing supportive, compassionate, enduring relationships among and between residents, their loved ones, and nursing home staff.

The "Changing Aging" seminar is interactive, runs for about 2 hours, and works best in groups of 6 to 10. Useful educational materials are included. If you would like to host or attend a seminar, please contact Carolyn Lukert at

Summer Postcard Project?

Many of our volunteers are students who return home for the summers. To help maintain a strong connection between residents and those volunteers, we’re providing the volunteers with pre-stamped postcards that they pre-address to their residents before heading home for the summer. If you are a volunteer leaving for the summer and have not yet received postcards, please ask your coordinator or contact Keo Thanks!

New Volunteer Coordinators:

Anna Kim (GHCC); Priyanka Jagtap (Park Meadows)

Vi Asmuth has turned over her GHCC coordinator’s role to Anna Kim. She has been leading the group there for many years now and will be sorely missed. She is moving on to serve as a deacon for her church and will continue to be visiting people in nursing homes as part of her church responsibilities. We’d like to extend a very special thank you for all of your years of service, Vi!

New Volunteers:

Joyce Joseph Tanya Lowe, Taylor May (GHCC); Colby Lowe (Palm Garden); Oona Takakno, Kirsti Roehm, Jasmine Warren (Park Meadows)


Thursday, May 5th, 1:30-2:30 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, May 12th ,1:30-2:30 PMCasino Time” at Parklands. A monthly event, by popular demand, Steve visits 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, May 26th, 2:30-3:00 PM - "Birthday Celebration" at Parklands: Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in May. 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!

Friday, May 27th, 10 AM – “Reaction Reading” at Park Meadows: We welcome you to join Vi Asmuth, Ph.D., and the volunteers of Park Meadows Health and Rehab for a choral poetry reading program. Residents react 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 Vi continue leading groups there for five years!


Please see the above list for locations of all nursing home events. Directions to the nursing homes can be found at:

Events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, but please inquire first). Please contact us and let us know the events that you will be attending, so that our coordinators may be on the lookout for you. Please call 352-381-1117 or e-mail us at

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