The Holiday Project's Valentine's Saturday Visit
Grace Care Center of Cypress
9602 Huffmeister Rd
Houston, Texas 77095
Date of Visit: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Contact Person: Donna Martin
At Grace Care Center of Cypress, the central meeting location, the volunteers will divide off into teams, each team to visit one facility. (Though we use the term "team", we should mention that for liability reasons we can't encourage persons who don't know each other to ride together, so each person is responsible for their own transportation, both to the meeting place and the facility they will be visiting.)
The volunteers will be provided with maps to their respective destinations and Valentine cards to pass out to the residents.
Time spent at the facilities will vary, but generally the visits last from about 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the facility and other circumstances unique to the team and the facility. (Sometimes the staff on duty want us to visit in a communal area of the facility such as a recreation room or dining hall. Other times we are invited to do both a communal visit and then break into small clusters to visit room-to-room for those persons who don't get out of their rooms. Which of these approaches is used also affects the total length of time we spend at a particular facility.)
Goal: To brighten up the holiday by passing out handmade Valentines and visiting with the residents and rehab patients.
Upon arrival: Meet in Lobby at Grace Care Center of Cypress
Teams will be formed once everyone arrives to make sure we have enough teams for the facilities scheduled for visits.
In the note section of this need sign up please add how many will be visiting.
The Holiday Project - Volunteer Visits... on or near holidays (Nursing Homes)....Bring the Spirit of a Holiday to Those Who Otherwise Might Not Have a Celebration!
Make a Difference!! Brighten someone’s holiday and help them know they have not been forgotten.
Volunteers always share that they are blessed through their visits.
All ages are invited to visit but an adult must accompany children throughout the visit.
Volunteers will visit as a team with the residents in community areas and room to room. See detailed instructions below....
1. Remember that you are in a medical facility. Be aware and be careful.
2. Do not assist a resident in moving from or to a wheelchair. Ask an employee to help.
3. Do not feed or offer food to residents unless directed by an employee.
4. When entering a resident’s room, always knock and introduce yourself as a volunteer. Ask permission before entering.
5. Stay with the group as you move through the facility.
6. Do not go into isolation rooms, those rooms will be marked with a sign to see staff before entering. If you are passing out cards please give staff cards for residents in isolation rooms.
7. Because of HIPAA Privacy Rules most facilities require a signed photo release for pictures of/with residents. Therefore no pictures of resident's faces are allowed on The Holiday Project visits. The best way to take a picture is taking the back of the resident and the faces of the volunteers. The experience can still be documented in a picture without the resident's face.
8. It is not required but volunteers can make handmade Valentines to pass out during the visit.
9. Have Fun! Together we CAN make a difference and REMEMBER...
"To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world!"
10. Any questions email Donna Martin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure all members of your group are in good health for the visit.
Thank you for spending a few hours of your Saturday with our residents!!