Making Decisions About Home Care

How To Serve In A Nursing Home

by Mae Ferguson

There are many elderly people who live in nursing homes. This may be because they have no family to take care of them or possibly because they even prefer the environment of a nursing home. A nursing home will provide many of the needs that an elderly person has, such as food, shelter, social activities, healthcare and much more.

Even though these elderly people are receiving great care, there are still opportunities for everyone to help serve in a nursing home and try to bring even more happiness into the residents' lives.

Everyone Can Serve in a Nursing Home

1. Christmas Concerts. The holiday seasons is a time when some of elderly start to miss their families. This can be a great time to organize a concert and take it to the nearest nursing home. You can find children who play the piano, sing, or can tell Christmas stories. These simple talents can be shared with the elderly at a nursing home and bring them immense joy.

2. Friendly Visits. Going for a visit to a nursing home can be a very rewarding experience. Being able to sit down and talk to a person that has so much life experience and wisdom can help you to appreciate life and learn many life lessons. You will also be able to spend time getting to know someone and you can begin to cultivate a friendship. This is a great way to bring joy to your life as well as the nursing home resident's, who will most likely cherish their time spent with you.

3. Organize Dances and Parties. With the permission of a nursing home, you can help to organize dances or parties. This can be a great way to bring some joy and happiness into the lives of the nursing home residents. You will be able to bring in families and other people to dance and socialize with them. This is not only fun for the elderly individuals, but will  also create lasting memories for families and others who are involved.

These are just a few of the ways that you can serve at a nursing home. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved because the elderly will feel happiness and gratitude and the volunteers will have a greater sense of self-worth and a new found respect for those they are serving. By giving of your time you can make the elderly in a nursing home extremely happy.