Time Needed: 1/2 Day to a Full Day
Skills Needed: No special skills required
Causes: Health & Wellness, Seniors
Project Categories: Geared for 50+ Volunteers, Family Friendly, Indoors, Outdoors
BEFORE YOUR VISIT
1. Choose a facility to visit.
2. Contact the facility to set up a date and time for your visit.
Be sure to call early. It takes time to reach people at facilities. Generally, at a nursing home, the person to contact works in the Activities Department. At a hospital, the person works in the Volunteer Department. When talking to the facility representative, ask the following questions:
NOTE: Policies governing the use of photography vary from facility to facility. Many residents are unable to make an appropriate determination and some families object to their relatives being photographed. That being said, we understand that volunteers sometimes want to capture a photographic memory of their visit. If volunteers agree, it is generally alright to take a group picture in the lobby or outside the building; however, refrain from photographing individual residents unless someone from facility management gives permission and signs a copy of a Photo Release on behalf of the resident.
3. Decide if you want The Holiday Project to help enroll volunteers.
The Holiday Project lists visits at http://www.holidayproject.info/wherewhen and promotes activities through public volunteer websites such as VolunteerMatch and Create the Good. If you want your visit posted, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Make a visit plan.
5. Create a flyer and/or a sample email message.
Include all the information visitors will need to know, such as:
6. Enroll visitors.
Visits are most successful when there is a ratio of approximately 1 visitor for every 10 residents.
7. Make a supply box.
-Pens and/or Pencils
-A copy of these Guidelines
-Photo Release Form (optional)
If you choose, you can provide your own gifts and/or cards, as long as you have similar items for everyone you visit. If you choose to do this, do NOT give patients/residents food, sharp objects or cosmetics that they may mistakenly eat or drink.
8. Confirm everyone.
Four to seven days prior to the visit:
ON THE VISIT DAY
1. Be the first to arrive.
2. Lead an Orientation.
The purpose of the Orientation is to give volunteers an introduction to the facility and the residents and to thank them for volunteering. The Holiday Project recommends you place importance on “people being with people.” As visitors, we always take time to talk and listen to the people we visit, to spend time with them, and to ensure they know we remember them.
3. Evaluate your Visit Plan.
4. Conduct the visit.
5. At the end.
AFTER THE VISIT
1. Send thank-you notes.
2. Acknowledge yourself.