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    Question Volunteering in Nursing Homes and Hospitals

    Always wanted to do this... never did
    Have you?
    What should a person be aware of or keep in mind? Any advice?
    What are the ins and outs of volunteering in those places?
    Can you do it individually by going to each place and say you want to volunteeer or it is best to use an organization?
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    Yeah, I visited nursing homes back in the day.
    Just to ole talk with de residents

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    I use to volunteer for Hospice and also at a few Nursing Homes. It makes you feel all good inside lol but it does come with some consequences. Sometimes you come in to contact with manic patients or even ones with dementia or alzheimer's and they act a certain way towards you that may make you feel uncomfortable. One minute they can be laughing and playing with you the next minute they want you to die. One time I cried because a woman swore up and down that I was her grandchild and when I told her no she got upset and started crying and screaming why I didn't love her anymore
    Anywho I say go for it. It's very rewarding for your soul and you get to come in contact with some nice and/or interesting people and hear their life stories. Never a dull moment but if you decide to do it on a regular NEVER get attached to one person. Here today gone tomorrow you never know
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    just keep only in your mine what you see there.

    just keep only in your mind what you see there .
    Last edited by ank; 05-17-2009 at 01:05 PM.

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    Yeah, when people mumbling and they're incoherent, it's kinda sad.

    But it's cool to talk to old people

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    Quote Originally Posted by ank View Post
    just keep only in your mine what you see there.
    I think we need to correct you when you stray; your learning English and all.

    It's 'mind' not 'mine' in this case.

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    Yup I love it. I also like working in the children's ward of the hospital because I love children but that makes me sadder because a lot of these children will never have the chance to grow old. Maybe I am just to emotional but I love that I am able to put a smile on their face from simply talking and bringing a book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    I think we need to correct you when you stray; your learning English and all.

    It's 'mind' not 'mine' in this case.
    That's a good idea pa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    I think we need to correct you when you stray; your learning English and all.

    It's 'mind' not 'mine' in this case.
    Thank you ..

    I changed it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugosa_Reina View Post
    Yup I love it. I also like working in the children's ward of the hospital because I love children but that makes me sadder because a lot of these children will never have the chance to grow old. Maybe I am just to emotional but I love that I am able to put a smile on their face from simply talking and bringing a book.
    Ah eh so nice. Ah doh think ah could take on dealing with sick children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ank View Post
    Thank you ..

    I changed it .
    No worries, mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Yeah, I visited nursing homes back in the day.
    Just to ole talk with de residents
    So how does one do it, just visit and say you want to visit with the elderly?
    What is the process? Usually certain times you are allowed to go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jugosa_Reina View Post
    I use to volunteer for Hospice and also at a few Nursing Homes. It makes you feel all good inside lol but it does come with some consequences. Sometimes you come in to contact with manic patients or even ones with dementia or alzheimer's and they act a certain way towards you that may make you feel uncomfortable. One minute they can be laughing and playing with you the next minute they want you to die. One time I cried because a woman swore up and down that I was her grandchild and when I told her no she got upset and started crying and screaming why I didn't love her anymore
    Anywho I say go for it. It's very rewarding for your soul and you get to come in contact with some nice and/or interesting people and hear their life stories. Never a dull moment but if you decide to do it on a regular NEVER get attached to one person. Here today gone tomorrow you never know
    Thanks for the insight. That is rough with some of them. Is there a set amount of time during the day to visit them. Do they say these are the people you can visit today or you pick and choose based on their situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ank View Post
    just keep only in your mind what you see there .
    What do you mean? She should not talk about it?
    Or she should not let it get to her too much?


    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Yeah, when people mumbling and they're incoherent, it's kinda sad.

    But it's cool to talk to old people
    Yeah man they take you back to the good old days and can teach you a lot about life. But you know some of their faces remind me of loved ones who are aging or have died.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jugosa_Reina View Post
    Yup I love it. I also like working in the children's ward of the hospital because I love children but that makes me sadder because a lot of these children will never have the chance to grow old. Maybe I am just to emotional but I love that I am able to put a smile on their face from simply talking and bringing a book.
    Cool that you did this

    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Ah eh so nice. Ah doh think ah could take on dealing with sick children.
    Yeah that is a rough one. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to interact with them.
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    For the nursing Home I did it with an organization and I think that may be the easiest way to go about doing it. If you do not want to do it with a group then you should ask around at a few places your interested in and have them fill you in on details and things. Hospitals are always looking for volunteers. Usually you are not able to pick who you want but you are given a bit of insight on their history so that you are not to alarmed if something occurs while you are with them, even though nurses and staff are always just a call away. Their are certain hours to do this so I say ask them because I am sure it varies depending on where you are located and what facility you decide to work for.
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    Thanks for the tips Jugosa_Reina! I think I will go the organization route to get my feet wet and eventually go solo since I want to ease into this
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    No problem. Good luck, let us know how it goes. I am sure you will enjoy it. I moving there soon so maybe we can volunteer together
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