The Morrison Celebrates Its Volunteers

Volunteers play an integral part in the well-being of residents at The Morrison nursing home and Sartwell Assisted Living, and during the month of April they will be recognized and feted for all their many contributions.

April is National Volunteer Month and April 6-15 is National Volunteer Recognition Week. A special celebration honoring The Morrison’s 40 volunteers and their work will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the nursing home, with light refreshments and a special gift for each volunteer.

“We value our volunteers so highly,” said Erin Oleson, The Morrison’s Activities Director and Volunteer Coordinator. “Volunteers free up our staff by assisting in daily activities like helping with feeding and passing trays. Others make one-on-one visits with residents, read to them and help them write letters. We have volunteers who play the piano or guitar for our residents. VFW and American Legion veterans make regular visits with their fellow veterans, and school children come in and play games with residents.”

Other volunteer activities include helping residents to garden in the good weather, taking them for walks, accompanying staff and residents on outings, calling Bingo, assisting with social events, and helping residents arrange flowers that have been donated to the facility.

“Whatever your interest, we can match you up with a resident or activity, and our residents and staff will be so appreciative,” said Oleson.

The Morrison’s volunteer program is growing, and ideally, she said, the goal is to have one volunteer for every resident who would like one. The volunteer application process includes a reference and criminal background check, along with a 2.5 hour orientation and training that helps match the volunteer with their area of interest. There is a special need for volunteers during the 2-5 p.m. time period when residents appreciate some extra attention.

Anyone who needs more information or is interested in volunteering can contact Oleson at 837-2541 or at rectherapy@morrisonnh.org.