Have you ever wondered what else you can do other than just making beautiful and creative cards for the elderly in nursing homes? Well, now is your chance! We have implemented more brilliant ways to put smiles on the faces of nursing home residents. Below are a few more simple ways to help those that may be struggling from isolation and loneliness living in a nursing home.
- Make a pen pal. Call a nursing home and ask if they can recommend a resident with little family or friends and suggest becoming his/her pen pal, writing a letter once every week. If you feel really inspired, you can include a self-addressed and stamped letter and card to yourself so he/she may respond.
- Call the activities director of a nursing home within your community or from the list of nursing homes we are sponsoring to set up a “telephone buddy” or simply just to talk to one of the residents residing within that nursing home. This is a great activity to allow the residents some peace in just simply having a conversation with someone and filling their alone time with a weekly phone call. This is a commitment that residents will be looking forward to each week, so do not fall in this commitment.
- Another cheap, yet VERY effective activity to help could be purchasing or donating skid proof socks for residents. These socks are used to help prevent the leading cause of accidents within nursing homes, falls. A lot of times, residents remove their socks before climbing into bed (who doesn’t). With skid proof socks, residents are able to get up in the middle of the night and feel safe without slipping and falling on the floor. Below is an example of what skid-proof socks look like and really easy clickable links to take you to cheap store websites selling these VERY USEFUL garments.
Also please click the link below to read from Pro Remarks discussing the additional benefits of skid proof socks.
- Amazon.com : amazon no slip socks
- Socks | Compression Socks | Fall Management Socks | Carewell
- Grip Socks (walmart.com)
- Create a GoFundMe or Kickstarter among your family, friends and community to raise money for birdfeeders for the residents. Birdfeeders outside resident’s rooms allows for them to see something different each day instead of simply staring out the windows in dismay or at the white walls that surround them. If you have any old birdfeeders laying around the house you no longer use, put them to good use and gift them to a resident. A touch of paint and creativity can go a long way in making someone’s day. Below are links that take you directly to cheap bird feeders.
- Additional fun ways to help can include the holidays coming just around the corner. Art is a simple yet effective way to engage residents and make them smile. You could decorate a pumpkin to sit outside a resident’s door with Halloween coming up.
- Support for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers: https://alzfdn.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-4SLBhCVARIsACrhWLUQrDHzSVZwmocbyuCyrr73VDCE7OSDKlJCEruaWOPP0ffz7KGyXz8aAhsdEALw_wcB
If you need any help caring for a loved one, emotionally or practically, call the Nation Toll-Free Helpline sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association at 866-232-8484. It is answered 24 hours a day.
https://www.caringkindnyc.org/ – ways to help caregivers. Amazing website offering amazing webinars and support groups to people caring for those with Alzheimer’s.
https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=google_giving&set.custom.wt=giving&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-4SLBhCVARIsACrhWLXY32kTR6FZrwFQEaGC-Fk_P2NY7GdXln_jIu827W4BbBr90_DtxuoaAn_CEALw_wcB – Donate to the Alzheimer’s Suport group to keep their amazing programs going. You simply cannot do this alone.
- If you see or suspect abuse or neglect of an elder loved one in a nursing home, you can contact the long-terms care ombudsman in your state. Each state has their own. The job of the ombudsman is to be a point of contact and a resource so the complaints of nursing home residents and their families can be addressed in a respectful and productive way. Complaints can range from the quality of food, to the possible cases of isolation or abuse or neglect.
For New York State, you can contact: https://aging.ny.gov/long-term-care-ombudsman-program
“If neglect or abuse is suspected, families can file complaints with the NYS DOH and the NYS Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. They can also contact their local District Attorney’s Office. They can of course also contact an attorney who focuses on nursing home neglect and abuse cases.
Regarding ombudsman, the National Consumer Voice website has a link to search for ombudsman. Families should also be able to Google the ombudsman program for their state.
The LTCCC has a wonderful website with many resources for families and data on nursing homes for each state. Their site is nursinghome411.org.”
This comes from Deborah Truhowsky herself and we can’t recommend her enough! If you need a phenomenal elder care attorney who can help represent your elder loved one who has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact Deborah F. Truhowsky, Esq.
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How can I get involved? There are several ways you can become involved with the NHCP. As a volunteer you can make cards to send to nursing homes. Please take photos of your cards so we can see your beautiful work and spread the word to others! You can also tag and share this project…
Attached below are articles featuring The Nursing Home Card Project. Feel free to read about the amazing things we are doing for the elderly and be sure to get involved any way you can. We appreciate the time and consideration you can take out of your day to help those feeling lonely. NY1: New Yorker…
Donations to help cover the cost of mailing and supplies are greatly appreciated. Venmo: @rachel-bennett-6 Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
In 2008 my beautiful mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She spent six years living in different nursing homes. Those were very hard years. Nursing homes are difficult places. Often, residents refer to their room as their “cell.” Residents have no control when or what they eat, when and if they can go outside and must…
Email: email@example.com Phone: 917.538.1949 Facebook: @nursinghomecardproject Instagram: @nursinghomecardproject Twitter: @caringbycard Founder: Rachel Bennett
These are only a few other ways to help the wonderful residents living in nursing homes. Every life matters in this world so please don’t hesitate to start making those cards, helping raise money or volunteering for nursing home activities.