Friend­ship, fun and fam­ily

Home is where the heart is for Ham­mer­son Nightin­gale’s vol­un­teers

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Nightingale Hammerson -

KNOWN FOR pro­vid­ing an ex­cep­tional level of care to older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son ben­e­fits greatly from its net­work of 240 vol­un­teers. Giv­ing some­thing back to so­ci­ety is taken se­ri­ously by the Jewish com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to look­ing af­ter the older gen­er­a­tion. How­ever Nightin­gale Ham­meron vol­un­teers are from all ages, back­grounds and faiths. They make an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to both Nightin­gale House and Ham­mer­son House, while also be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to make new friends, learn new skills and gain ex­pe­ri­ence in an area of in­ter­est.

Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son of­fers­great flex­i­bil­ity to its vol­un­teers, who can give dif­fer­ent amounts of time, from a few hours per week to, in some cases, sev­eral days per week. Some vol­un­teers, such as those on univer­sity place­ments, help in dis­tinct ar­eas of the two homes, work­ing closely with the nurs­ing and care staff. Vol­un­teers

Befrienders might teach a res­i­dent how to Skype their loved ones

sup­port the work of staff, en­abling them to pro­vide an even higher stan­dard of pro­fes­sional care.

Many vol­un­teers be­come “befrienders”, en­gag­ing in so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties with res­i­dents, such as go­ing to an on-site café with them for a piece of cake; play­ing board games; walking with a res­i­dent around the gar­dens or sim­ply sit­ting with a res­i­dent and hav­ing a friendly chat. Par­tic­u­larly for res­i­dents who may have very few vis­i­tors, this so­cial in­ter­ac­tion with com­mit­ted vol­un­teers has a very pos­i­tive im­pact on their well­be­ing and day-to-day lives.

In ad­di­tion to be­friend­ing, vol­un­teers at Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son help res­i­dents with shop­ping, es­cort them to hospi­tal ap­point­ments and even teach some res­i­dents how to use com­put­ers and Skype their loved ones.

Vol­un­teers at Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son also play a huge role in fundrais­ing, which is im­por­tant to en­sure both homes can con­tinue to de­liver such a high level of care.

Groups and in­di­vid­u­als are spon­sored to run in marathons or put on reg­u­lar quiz nights to raise money for the homes, which in turn ben­e­fits res­i­dents.

Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son is ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have such a will­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic group of vol­un­teers. They make an in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion and cre­ate the sense of com­mu­nity, friend­ship and fam­ily that is so im­por­tant in Jewish life. Com­bined with ex­ten­sive fundrais­ing and gen­er­ous do­na­tions from friends and sup­port­ers, vol­un­teers make Nightin­gale House and Ham­mer­son House won­der­ful places to live.

Craft­ing chanu­ciot to­gether at Nightin­gale

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