Thursday, August 30, 2012

Current Events

Monday afternoons at 2:30.

Although several of our residents subscribe to a newspaper and some watch TV, many don't keep up with what is going on locally or nationally. We offere current events in our chapel on Monday afternoons. It lasts about 30 - 40 minutes and we would like to have a volunteer come in weekly to help with this activity.

Let me know - OK? OK!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Guys Getting Together

Men's Meetings

Once a week, several of our male residents get together to talk about...whatever. We have set aside about 30 minutes for this group discussion/activity. We are seeking a man who will be able to relate to what these guys find of importance. You don't need any special training or knowledge, just a good attitude to spend some time with the men at CCNH.

Want more information? Send an email. We'll come up with a plan.


Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
William Law

Friday, August 17, 2012

Birthday parties!

Every month we have a birthday party!

That party is the last Friday of the month at 2:15. Cake, beverages and sometimes there is live entertainment. The party lasts only about 45 minutes, but the residents have an opportunity to have fun!

We also have birthday parties for volunteers. Hannah was celebrating her first birthday with the residents. Hannah (and her mommy) visit on a regular basis. The residents enjoy the opportunity to have visits like this.

Come in, bring your special birthday person. Let me know when you want to do this (you select the day or do it the last Friday). This is an opportunity for many memories.


Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Lord Byron

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Show that you care!

Visit and sit.

That is not difficult, except that we need a person who would be willing to come to Champaign County Nursing Home to sit with a family as their loved one comes to the end of life.

There is no training for being a caring person like this. We won't ask that you sit there through the night, or for more than a few minutes. But having a caring person be there can be a comfort to the family. You can talk or not, whatever happens is OK with us. You don't have to be a religous person and we don't want you to preach. But we do want you to be able to adapt to whatever the situation requires.

Often, a hospice program will do this. But, there are some residents and their families who decide that they don't want hospice, which is their free choice. This situation might arise once or twice a year or it might occur more often. We never can predict how this might play out.

This does not have to be a long-term commitment. You can come once, decide that you don't feel comfortable doing it and then be done. However, if you would be willing to come in with a day's notice, that will help us.

Think about it. If believe that you have the right qualities, then let me know.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday afternoon

Games (of sorts) -

Monday afternoon at 3:30, we have games. is actually upper-body range-of-motion type of activity. Bean Bag Toss, Volleyball, Golf, Frisbee Bowling, and more. These are the kinds of things that are fun and help our residents use some muscles that might not be used. It is also a good social occasion.

We need one person to help with this, one hour a week. That is all we ask. Get here about 3:20 and be gone before 4:30 (that is the time that the evening meal begins service and they all want to get there in time to get the best food!!).

This is a great way to get to know some of our residents. You will be required to go through the complete orientation process. That includes an interview, information about working with elders in a nursing home and a complete tour. Appointments required.

Let me know! OK? OK!


I believe we are all here to be bright torches that light one another's way.
Bernie S. Siegel

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saturday mornings

Coffee Hour

We have coffee hour every Saturday morning. It starts at 9:30 and lasts about 45 minutes. If you would like to help act as host(ess), and you have the time on a regular basis, this would be the perfect opportunity for you. We would expect you to arrive by 9:15 to help set up the area and transport residents. You would help serve coffee and snacks. Then about 10:15, help clean up and transport residents again. Your total time would be less than 70 minutes.

This is a great way to meet some of our residents and help our activity staff. I ask that you be regular with your attendance, ideally every week; however some help is better than no help.

Let me know! OK? OK!


The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
Victor Hugo