Training Updates and Opportunities for Volunteers
As a volunteer, you are the eyes and ears of Hearts and Hands. When taking a care receiver's request it is best practice to make note of any changes with the care receiver that are not shown in their Assisted Rides profile. Examples of such changes are;
Mobility - You might notice that the care receiver now uses a cane, walker, or other assistive devices.
- Cognitive - The care receiver might show a decline in memory or changes in behaviors.
- Environmental - You might notice the care receiver's home is becoming unkept or that boxes are piling up.
We ask that you update your volunteer coordinator with changes you notice in care receivers. This will allow us to make the experience for both care receivers and volunteers more enjoyable, and ensure that Hearts and Hands is creating a safe environment for all.
Tuesday's Training Tidbit
Keeping a routine is important for many older adults in their day to day lives. Whether they're doing the same basic activities around the same time every day, or sticking to a weekly trip for groceries keeping a routine has many benefits.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety - A predictable routine reduces stress and anxiety because seniors know exactly what will be happening, who will be helping them, how the activity will be done, and when it will occur.
Increased Feeling of Safety and Security - With routine older adults can predict and plan their day, which also makes them feel safe and stable. This makes it easier to cope with memory and cognitive issues as they know and can predict what's coming next.
Improved Sleep - Studies have found that keeping a routine improved sleep quality. Many older adults have trouble sleeping through the night. Creating a daily routine is a simple, no-drug way to improve quality of sleep.
HandyBars are a unique tool that Hearts and Hands provides for volunteers. They are a great assistive device for older adults in getting in and out of a vehicle. The video below shows how to use the device.
- If you would like a HandyBar for your vehicle, please contact Brycen Carle at (716) 406-8311 ext. 111.