To Commit or Not?
Many times we think that to be a volunteer we must make a solid commitment, that is only true when it comes to our residents. They want you to devote your friendship, zestfulness and some of your free time.
If all you have is one hour a week, that’s all we need. Any amount of time can make a significant difference to someone’s life, including your own. You would play an important role in awakening memories within a member of our elderly population or create new ones. Your presence helps them maintain the benefits of community integration. Friendships are formed every day in this life and we like to think that one of our residents benefits from that philosophy.
For yourself; there are many benefits to becoming a community volunteer. It only takes a short time to realize that everything you do can make a difference in someone’s life. You will form lasting friendships, have the opportunity to share your special talents and perhaps fill that empty space within yourself. Become part of the back bone of your community.
Opportunities with Park Lane Terrace:
- Visit on a one-to-one basis
- Assist residents in writing letters or cards to loved ones
- Take residents outside in good weather
- Enjoy a coffee and conversation
- Participate in our garden programs
- Be a part of bingo
- Assist with crafts or implement your own craft
- Join in on any program that interests you from our monthly calendar of events
- Deliver library books, or simply maintain our onsite library
- Provide entertainment
- Assist with special events, portering residents to and from program area and serving snacks
- Be part of a resident outing to the mall or a restaurant
- Play cards
- Help maintain our volunteer-run Tuck Shoppe
- Bring in your pet for all the extra attention
- Create and implement your own program
How to Become a Volunteer?
Telephone or stop in to see the Volunteer Coordinator to receive an application package, or fill out the online application available below.
Drop it off completed and you will be contacted to set up an interview and orientation to discuss what your preferences are and where we need volunteers.
All your questions can be answered at that time and you will be on your way to becoming an important part of the Park Lane Terrace team.
We are currently in need of volunteers for one to one visits and our Tuck Shoppe.
Our Family Forum was officially launched in the Spring of 2004. The Family Forum at Park Lane Terrace is an organized, self-led, self-determining, democratic group composed of family and friends of the residents that reside here. A staff advisor from the facility is appointed to support and facilitate the council.
The Family Forum provides mutual support, empowerment and advocacy to the family and friends of the residents of Park Lane Terrace. The Family Forum strives to meet the needs of its members and the residents of Park Lane.
Family Forum supports and organizes special events, fundraisers and educational opportunities to family members, staff and residents.
Benefits of Family Forum:
- On-going mutual support from shared experiences.
- Education and information related to the long-term care system.
- Family input into decisions and changes.
- Promotes open communication between the home and families.
- To ensure that the Residents receive the care they need while maintaining their dignity and comfort.
- To address and document, concerns of the Residents and their families.
- To work with families and friends, staff and management to provide the best caring environment possible.
- To provide forums to educate families and friends on various topics.
Park Lane Terrace’s Family Forum meetings are held once a month. Please see the Family Forum Bulletin Board beside the Heritage Court Nursing Station for regular updates and information.
New members needed! Please see Brenda Dennis for more information.