Lend­ing a help­ing hand

Lo­cal woman vol­un­teer­ing her time to cut hair at long-term care fa­cil­ity

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOOLEY danette@nl.rogers.com

Jenna Blake of Happy Val­leyGoose Bay said she was sur­prised by all the re­sponse she re­ceived when she posted on Face­book about her in­ter­est in vol­un­teer­ing her time as a hair­styl­ist for pa­tients at the longterm care fa­cil­ity.

Blake’s post to the Con­cern­ing Happy Val­ley-Gosse Bay Face­book group re­ceived dozens of replies in sup­port of her idea. As well, other hair stylists come on board of­fer­ing their ser­vices. Some mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, who have rel­a­tives in the fa­cil­ity, also wrote how their loved one would ap­pre­ci­ate such ser­vices.

Blake’s Face­book post was merely to ask who she should con­tact to find about vol­un­teer­ing a few days a month to go in and cut some pa­tient’s hair or give them a wash and a curl.

She said she got the idea dur­ing a visit to the fa­cil­ity to see her grand­mother, Ann Battcock.

“I no­ticed all the se­niors (in the home) and I know how good hav­ing your hair done makes you feel. This would be a way for me to give back to the com­mu­nity,” Blake said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view.

Mak­ing se­niors feel good about them­selves would make her feel great as well, she said.

“Some peo­ple don’t have fam­ily to be able to go in and put a few curls in their hair. I’d love to do that for them,” she said.

Blake said there is a small beauty sa­lon in the home but it didn’t look like it was be­ing used.

When asked about any sa­lon ser­vices cur­rently of­fered at the long-term care fa­cil­ity and about what Blake and oth­ers who wish to vol­un­teer need to do, Labrador- Gren­fell Health pro­vided a state­ment about how the health author­ity ap­pre­ci­ates all in­ter­est by in­di­vid­u­als in vol­un­teer­ing at the author­ity’s long-term care fa­cil­i­ties.

“With a fo­cus on pa­tient safety, we strive to en­hance the lives of our res­i­dents and pro­vide en­riched ex­pe­ri­ences for our vol­un­teers. Labrador-Gren­fell Health works with pa­tients and fam­i­lies to iden­tify pro­gram ar­eas and op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ences,” the state­ment read.

“In or­der to pro­tect our clients and en­sure the right fit for vol­un­teers and pro­grams, Labrador-Gren­fell Health has an es­tab­lished process which all in­di­vid­u­als must com­plete be­fore vol­un­teer­ing. We en­cour­age in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als to con­tact the long-term care fa­cil­ity in their area to find out more,” the state­ment con­tin­ued.

Blake is now in the process of putting her name for­ward as a vol­un­teer.

Stacey Ramey summed up well on the Face­book post, just how much she be­lieves the pa­tients will ap­pre­ci­ate Blake’s ef­forts.

“Good luck and thanks for vol­un­teer­ing. It’s the lit­tle things that can make some­one’s day,” she wrote.

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