You want to do good meaningfully yet are strapped for time and energy.
Our residents yearn to have more friends visit and just chat.
We're here to connect the dots so you can give with greater impact.
In a mini survey that asked some of our residents what activities they liked, we found they each had different interests – some liked painting and music, others relished a good hair cut and shopping. But there was one thing every resident said they’d love to do. And that’s talking with someone.
More often than not, we observe volunteers doing a lot with our residents. But seldom do they just draw a chair, sit and listen. Language barriers, lack of knowledge on how to approach a senior and impatience are partly to blame.
So is imagination, or the lack thereof.
Because when ‘nursing home’ and resident activities are mentioned, what come to mind? Bingo, table-top games, song-and-dance routine?
Could we be more creative?
We need to, given the survey results, feedback from volunteers and staff and the increasingly discerning and better educated residents that we are likely to welcome in future.
So we drew up a list of projects that took into account our residents’ desires and volunteers’ interests. Projects that are less of a one-off visit and more of a regular drop-in where you get to co-work on specific pieces with our residents. This gives both parties more face-time and the chance to really get to know one another.
Hopefully, over time, acquaintances will become friends and then volunteering becomes not so much a commitment as a way for you to show concern about your pal. This is when you know you’ve really given back because what started out as an inclination on your part has now become something for the other person to look forward to.
Do take the time to go through each of the following sections so as to be sure that this is what you’d like to do. When you’re finally ready, talk to us to see how we can best craft your impact giving journey.
We’re excited for you to rediscover what it really means to look after our elders well.
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