‘The minute I walked through the door and met the residents I loved it’
Jeanne Irvine has been volunteering at Village Green for more than 20 years and she has enjoyed every minute of it.
Jeanne began volunteering at the Greater Napanee long-term care home after a friend suggested she try it.
“I thought I would give it a try. The minute I walked through the door and met the residents I loved it, and I have been here ever since,” Jeanne tells The OMNIway.
In an age when it is unusual for people to keep the same job for 20-plus years, Jeanne says what has kept her volunteering at Village Green is the warm atmosphere and her ability to make a difference to others.
“I enjoy working with the residents and being able to do something for them – it gives me a good lift,” she says.
Jeanne’s volunteering work sees her running the weekly bingo, helping with the end-of-month birthday parties and helping with outings. She recently started a music program at the home as well (keep reading The OMNIway to learn about this program in the coming days).
Volunteering has also been a learning experience for Jeanne, she says.
“There are a lot of things I have learned,” she says. “I’ve learned how to help people with problems – and you learn these things when you see how the nurses and other staff members work with people.”
For anyone considering volunteering in a long-term care home, Jeanne has this advice.
“Give it a try; I’m sure you’ll like it and you will get a lot of joy out of (working with) the residents, because when you do something for them, you know they appreciate it.”
April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week 2017. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marks the 76th National Volunteer Week.
Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.
More information on National Volunteer Week can be found by visiting the campaign’s website.
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