Getting your community engaged is one of the best things you can do for your residents and your facility. It can boost your volunteer program and put smiles on the faces of your residents.
So how do you engage?
1. Share your story
In order for the community to become involved, they have to know who you are. Get the local paper to do a profile on you and your residents' stories, and if you can get the permission, their pcitures. This is a great time to mention that you are looking for volunteers or list any events coming up ie: open houses, BBQs or even church services.
2. Open your events to the community
Having a special event? Don't limit it just residents who can attend. If you have the space, allow community members to come as well. It gives them a chance to interact with your seniors and brighten their day.
3. Use your staff
It's important to remember that your staff are members of the community as well. Encourage them to get family and friends involved and attending events.
4. Be creative
Are there some unique ways that people can get to know your residents better? What about a 'Get to know a resident' day. Let people volunteer in interesting and different ways, whether it's a special photo project with the residents as the stars or getting those who knit to participate in yarn bombing.
5. Work with the local schools
Connect with your local schools, whether it's elementary or high school and see what they can do to help. It could be as simple as younger kids drawing pictures with residents. See what kind of projects you can come up with!
How do you engage your community?