Reflection #4 "The Empty Chair" We keep our houses and apartments neat. We want to be ready in case we have a visitor. We have guest rooms, hide-a-bed couches, and comfortable chairs for visitors to sit in. We enjoy having visitors stay. But what if they never did? THE EMPTY CHAIR By M. [...]
Reflection #3 "Letter to My Children" The letter below was written by an 80 year old lady to her children. We chose it as the reading for this week because it gives us insight into what the elderly we visit truly want at this point in their lives. She tells her children, "All [...]
Reflection #2 A Crabby Old Woman The following poem appeared when an elderly lady died in the geriatric ward of a hospital near Dundee, Scotland. It was believed that she had left nothing of value. The nurses, going through her possessions, however, found the following poem. Its quality so impressed the staff that [...]
Reflection #1 Orientation Information Usually the reading of the week will be an inspirational or thought-provoking story or poem related to nursing home volunteerism. For this week, however, the required reading is simply orientation information to be read before your first visit. This is by far the longest of all the readings. It [...]
Over the past year and a half that I have been visiting with Ms. Patricia, I have formed a very close relationship with her. Every time we visit she updates me about her family's life, stories about her granddaughters and care packages she wants to send...