Lending a helping hand
Local woman volunteering her time to cut hair at long-term care facility
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.