Monday, January 30, 2012

I must tell you about how one of our residents helps us. She leads our Friday morning Bible Study! We don’t require her to do it and she does not get any compensation for doing it. But, it is her training and she enjoys the interaction she has with the other residents.

Being in a nursing home does not mean that a fulfilling life has to end. Our mission is to create a good atmosphere for those who need to be here.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Wow! You will love this opportunity! Bring your pet to CCNH. Our residents really enjoy having pets come here, large and small – bring them all.

Your pet does not have to be a certified pet. However, your pet must accept petting from strangers, be able to adjust to many strange smells and willing to accept treats without aggression. All pets must stay on leash. You will need to provide current shot record. No pets are allowed in dining areas; no pets in heat.

You will be helping with reminiscence therapy as most of our residents had pets and they enjoy sharing their experiences. Come in as you have time, but a regular appearance is strongly encouraged.

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Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasion and make them great.
Orison Swett Marden

Monday, January 23, 2012

Visiting the residents at Champaign County Nursing Home is similar to visiting your own neighbor. You stop in and chat of everyday things. You might bring a homemade treat to share (with the nurse’s permission), play games, watch TV together, talk about books and more. You set the time. You come here as your schedule permits. We do encourage regular visits as our residents need to have something to count on. You can visit with one person or several, visit randomly or work from a target list.

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If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Buddhist Proverb

Friday, January 20, 2012

We have an immediate need for a volunteer come in to CCNH on a regular-schedule, weekly basis. This must be a long-term commitment.

We label resident’s clothes with their name, in an attempt to reduce the number of lost items. We create the labels on site and we use a heated press to affix them on the clothing. This opportunity is for morning hours only. You can come here any day except Monday. There will be times when the work will require as many as three hours and other times it will be less than 30 minutes.

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What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” Colette, French writer.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When you volunteer at Champaign County Nursing Home, you provide many things that add to the quality of life of our residents. Thank you for considering CCNH.

Do you have musical talent? There are opportunites for you to share that talent. The first Wednesday of every month, we have an Ice Cream Social that begins at 6:45 p.m. The last Thursday of every month, we have Root Beer Floats that begins at 6:45 p.m. Both take place in our East Dining Room and the program should be less than 45 minutes. There is a piano there for your use.

If you would like to offer music for dinner time (our piano or your own instrument or voice), you can come in anytime after 4:30 p.m. You can share your music for as long as you have people there to appreciate it.

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“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.” Ray Charles

Friday, January 13, 2012

Champaign County Nursing Home started in 1953. CCNH consists of 243 beds and licensed by the State of Illinois to provide skilled and intermediate care. We provide skilled therapy services that include occupational, physical and speech therapy. There is a separate neighborhood for individuals with memory loss. We have a beauty shop, computer lab and a full schedule of organized activities.

This blog is to inform the public and family members about CCNH and volunteer opportunities.
I will list and revise regularly some volunteer opportunites that need filled.

All volunteers are required to complete an information sheet, sign a confidentiality form and have an interview with the volunteer coordinator; and take a tour of our facility. Appointments are required for this one-hour first visit. An adult must accompany children who are younger than 12 at all times.

High on our list of needs is visiting with our residents. We encourage volunteers to come and be a good neighbor. You can visit, take walks, play games and become a friend. One of the great things about visits like this is that you come in as your schedule permits.

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“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”  Lord Byron