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Youth & Elders Program Feature – October 2019

Featured are some of the students who participated in our School-to-Career Work Force Development for Long Term Care this summer through the DPS CareerConnect program and through a DPS summer internship program.  The students received the Bessie’s Hope education on long term care: the reasons people are in long term care; the various levels of long term care; dementia; hearing and vision loss; and other physical conditions, such as stroke and diabetes. They also received training that enabled the volunteers to have comfortable and meaningful interaction with elders of all levels of cognitive functioning, including advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. 

The students participated in visits at two nursing homes, Briarwood Health Care Center and Cedars Health Care Center.  Bessie’s Hope staff facilitated the visits and introduced the students to staff members at the elder care homes.  The students received a presentation on the many jobs and career opportunities in elder care homes.  They also went to Argus Home Health Care Agency and received a presentation on the jobs and career opportunities within home health care.  In fact, two of the students filled out job applications at Argus. 

The students had the opportunity to shadow various positions within Briarwood, and three of the students participated in a six-week internship there.  One of the students chose to do her internship with Bessie’s Hope to participate in more administrative and marketing tasks and learning opportunities.

Learn more about how to get your youth or school group involved here.

Community & Elders Program Feature – October 2019

For a number of years, Bailey, talk show host on iHeart Radio KTCL Channel 93.3,  has partnered with Bessie’s Hope for her “Gifts for Grands” project.   Each year, shortly before Christmas, Bessie’s Hope provides Bailey with a list of first names of nursing home elders who never receive visitors and their Santa Wish Lists.  Bailey shares the lists with her listeners, and they sign up to provide gifts for the individual elders.  The listeners are invited to join Bailey and a Bessie’s Hope staff member to participate in a social gathering with the group of elders, after which the volunteers give the gifts to the elders.

This year, Bailey wanted to create multiple opportunities for her listeners to have the heartwarming experience of participating in a group visit at an elder care home.  Pictured are Bailey and some of the other volunteers who participated in a Bessie’s Hope training session and a group visit with elders at Chelsea Place.

Learn more about getting your business or community group involved here.

Family & Elders Program Feature – October 2019

Pictured are Blythe Dollar, Bessie’s Hope Program Coordinator, who is conducting a “placement” with volunteer, Andrea Goth.  They are visiting elders at Greenridge Place.  After volunteers participate in the Family and Elders Program orientation, they are introduced to a number of elders who have no one, or who are seldom visited.  This is the “placement”.  The volunteer may choose to adopt one person or to visit as many as possible upon each of his/her visits.

Our Family and Elders Program provides the opportunity for individuals or families to “adopt” an elder, or elders, who have no personal visitors.  This is such a rewarding experience.  Individuals always report that they felt they received more than they could possibly give, and it is a deeply fulfilling relationship with the elder.  Families report that it is such a meaningful experience for family members to share.  With everyone being so busy with their own interests, this is a time the family comes together to give of themselves.  Families have also said that it has made a positive difference in family dynamics.  Coming together to give love, just creates more love for everyone involved!

There are some interesting and appealing elements within this volunteer program.  You don’t have to have a schedule.  You drop in to visit, as you would a family member.  This is what the goal is—the relationship becomes like family and mutually rewarding.  Also, if you choose to not adopt just one or two elders, you can also choose to create your own “program” or project for many of the elders at the care home.  For example, you can provide nail polishing and hand cream for all the ladies who come to your own scheduled “spa” time.  If you do choose to create a group experience, it does have to be scheduled in advance.  If it’s an ongoing group activity, you can commit to every month, twice a month, weekly, etc.  Another example, you can choose to play the piano once a month.

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