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Volunteering In An Assisted Living Nursing Home Is A Rewarding Experience

United We Serve is a US government sponsored volunteer program. Their mission statement declares “The President is calling on all Americans to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. There are many ways to get involved. America’s new foundation will be built one community at a time – and it starts with you.” The program seems to be running successfully. The annual data collected through volunteer statistics, which started in 2002, reports the largest single-year increase in volunteers who served in 2009 versus 2008 is approximately 1.6 million! 63.4 million volunteers contributed 8.1 billion hours of service in 2009, equaling an estimated dollar value of approximately $169 billion for their services. One can’t help being moved when you imagine how $169 billion dollars worth of service personally affected the lives of each and every single person who benefitted from the volunteer efforts. Volunteer opportunities are abundant in all areas of service, and they are often right in front of you. Assisted living nursing homes are a great place to volunteer.

Omar Cain also known as “The Rapping CNA” works as a certified nursing assistant at a Philadelphia Assisted Living Nursing home. He’s raps in his spare time and draws inspiration from his co-workers and the assisted living nursing residents he serves. He asks them to share their experiences in the nursing home and used it as the basis of a rap called “Be Proud.”  Whenever he gets the chance he entertains assisted living residents and clients. Cain had the opportunity to share his talent outside the organization’s walls. On a trip to the state capitol, Cain shared a recording of “Be Proud” with a state legislator who later asked him to perform for a group of fellow legislators and staff members. He also performed a rap at the recent Pioneer Network conference that he wrote especially for the event. Although he doesn’t consider his entertainment stint a volunteer effort, he finds the experience very rewarding.

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I was once working alongside a graphic artist who moonlighted as an electric guitarist in a small band. For three years in a row, the band’s leader arranged a musical holiday gig at a couple of assisted living nursing homes. They always needed backup singers. In spite of the fact that I could barely carry a tune I thought it would be a great experience to volunteer at an assisted living nursing home. My husband who happens to have a great singing voice had opportunity to volunteer with me and share his talent. Decked out in holiday red cable knit sweaters we accompanied the band to the packed recreation room full of elderly people in varying stages of decline. Many showed up for the concert in wheelchairs, some dressed for the occasion, while others were in their robes and seemed to be in a stage of semi-incoherence. But all of the seniors were attentive, smiling, and clapping their hands to the beat of the music. They rocked back and forth in their seats to the tune, and they cried. No, not because of my singing but because they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Collectively, we had given them an evening of fun and enjoyment.

If singing is not your forte you can always volunteer to read to the Assisted Living Nursing Home residents. Other people volunteer to knit, exercise, teach arts and crafts and other activities to the senior citizens. The idea is to keep them occupied and happy so they don’t feel lonely. This distracts them from their pain and complex health conditions. There is something for everyone to do when volunteering at an assisted living nursing home. You will find the experience of volunteering very rewarding and you’ll be surprised at how many friends you will make along the way.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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