Paul P. Falkowski, Ph.D., President/Founder
For the National Association of Activities Professionals
June 5, 2023
In the heart of every long-term care community, there are compassionate individuals who selflessly volunteer their time to bring joy and companionship to residents. These dedicated volunteers play a vital role in enhancing the lives of those in long-term care. However, managing a volunteer program in these communities can be challenging, especially for activities professionals and life enrichment coordinators who juggle multiple responsibilities. That’s where the National Association of Long-Term Care Volunteers (NALTCV) comes in. NALTCV is a not-for-profit organization that supports and empowers these heroes through training, resources, and collaboration opportunities.
Closing the Training Gap:
Many long-term care communities face obstacles when providing adequate training for their volunteers. Limited staff and resources often make it challenging to ensure volunteers have the necessary knowledge and skills. NALTCV recognizes this challenge and is committed to bridging the training gap. By leveraging the expertise of professionals in the field of long-term care, NALTCV developed a comprehensive training package for individuals interested in volunteering. This training covers essential topics, such as verbal and nonverbal communication, learning someone’s history and preferences, the various operations of a long-term care community, and much more, ensuring that volunteers are prepared to make a meaningful impact and provide the best possible care to residents.
Support for People Managing Volunteers:
Activities professionals and life enrichment coordinators are the driving force behind successful volunteer programs. However, the demands of their primary roles can often leave little time to focus on managing volunteers effectively. NALTCV is here to provide support and resources to you. Through NALTCV, you will gain access to valuable tools such as recruiting materials, webinars, newsletters, and in-person classes. These resources will save time and enhance the volunteer management experience, enabling you to create a thriving and engaging environment for both volunteers and residents.
Collaboration and Continuous Learning:
At NALTCV, we believe in the power of collaboration and continuous learning. Our platform allows volunteers to connect, share ideas, and learn new techniques. Through online forums and networking opportunities, volunteers can collaborate with peers from across the country, expanding their knowledge and enriching their volunteer experience. Volunteer managers also benefit from this collaborative environment, gaining insights and best practices from other professionals in the field. Together, we can create a supportive community that elevates the quality of care provided in long-term care communities.
Discover NALTCV’s Training and Resources:
Are you an activities professional, a life enrichment coordinator, or a passionate volunteer in the long-term care sector? We invite you to explore the training and resources offered by NALTCV. Our user-friendly online training program provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel as a “companion” volunteer in a long-term care community. In addition, volunteers successfully completing the course will receive a Certificate of Completion that recognizes their dedication and commitment.
Furthermore, NALTCV is assembling a wealth of resources for you, including recruiting materials, webinars, newsletters, and ongoing support. These tools are designed to make managing volunteers easier and more effective, allowing you to focus on providing exceptional experiences for residents.
Benefits of a Strong, Well-Trained Companion Volunteer:
A strong and well-trained companion volunteer can have a profound impact within the long-term care community and as an ambassador to their wider network. Here are some key benefits of having dedicated and skilled volunteers:
- Enhanced Resident Experience: Well-trained companion volunteers bring a heightened level of companionship and engagement to residents. These volunteers create a positive and stimulating environment by building meaningful relationships and actively participating in residents’ lives. Their presence can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, contributing to improved emotional well-being and overall quality of life for residents.
- Advocacy and Community Outreach: A well-trained volunteer can become a powerful advocate for long-term care communities. They are ambassadors who share their experiences, stories, and insights with their communities, colleagues, friends, and family. By spreading awareness and dispelling misconceptions about long-term care, these volunteers help build understanding and support for the vital work being done in these communities.
- Knowledge and Skills Transfer: Volunteers who receive comprehensive training become valuable sources of knowledge and skills. They bring fresh ideas, innovative approaches, and evidence-based practices to the long-term care setting. In addition, as they collaborate with staff and share their expertise, they contribute to a culture of continuous learning and improvement, benefiting residents and the care community.
- Expanded Service Offerings: Well-trained volunteers can enhance the scope of services offered in long-term care communities. With their diverse backgrounds and interests, they can contribute to developing and implementing new programs and activities. This expansion of services enriches the daily lives of residents, introducing a more comprehensive range of experiences and opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment.
- Strengthened Community Connections: Volunteers often bridge long-term care communities and the broader community. They foster meaningful connections and partnerships by engaging with local organizations, businesses, and schools. These collaborations bring additional resources and support to the care community, creating a sense of belonging and inclusivity for residents.
A robust and well-trained companion volunteer has far-reaching benefits beyond the long-term care community. They become ambassadors, advocates, and valuable contributors to the well-being of residents. By bringing joy, companionship, and skills to their roles, these volunteers positively impact the care community and spread awareness and understanding to their networks. Let’s recognize and support the efforts of these dedicated volunteers as they enhance the lives of those in long-term care and inspire others to join this noble cause.
Join the NALTCV Community:
It’s time to take your volunteer program to the next level. Visit our website at NALTCV.org and join the NALTCV community today. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those in long-term care communities. Let’s empower volunteers and create a nurturing environment that enhances the well-being and happiness of residents. Be sure to find the NALTCV on social media as well!
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