There are 240 residents here at Cherrydale Health and Rehab Center and a lot of them have no family. There are people from all over the world, all different religions, backgrounds and cognitive levels.
I had one volunteer who was working with a resident who hardly responded to anyone. She would come in once a week, and the resident who she was working with would just lie in bed, and after a couple of weeks, the resident started making eye contact and would sometimes hold her hands. Now something like this may seem very small, but if you have ever experienced it, it truly touches the heart.
We have young people who need to be encouraged to come and learn about the internet, or play pool.
There are Buddhist, Hindus, Catholics, and many more religions here at Cherrydale. Often as we get older religion becomes more important, and the residents like to have someone pray with them.
There are painters, lawyers, farmers, all sorts of people at Cherrydale who would love visitors.
There is a training that lasts for about an hour, with a tour and some paper work. If anyone under 15 would like to visit, a parent needs to be with them. I ask that anyone who would like to visit do so once a week for at least 15 to 20 min.
This opportunity is sponsored by: Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center
We need volunteers who are free at these times
This opportunity can also be performed:
Web Site: http://www.mfa.net/cherrydale
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