Pray about which home to start visiting. It would probably not be a good
idea to visit a home where a relative resided. It is a good idea
to start with just one home and to visit it weekly. In this way, you
get comfortable with the surroundings and the residents remember you
between visits and look forward to seeing you.
Contact a staff member at the nursing home. Start with the
activities director. She will welcome you with open arms since the need
is overwhelming. Sometimes there is a social director or director of
nursing who might be the right contact. It is a good idea to touch base
with the director of the nursing home before starting. Explain that
your desire to visit is the result of the outflow of love that Christ
put in you, and that you will visit with all residents regardless of
their religion, and that you will not be over bearing in sharing your
religious beliefs with the residents.
Review the dates and times available and decide on the type of
program you want to start with. An informal visit with sing-a-longs,
prayer, Bible and devotion readings, and one-on-one visiting are some
ideas. Visit our online brochure for some additional suggestions.
Watch the video "A Song for Grandmother" with your partner, Pastor,
children, and anyone else who might be interested. This is an excellent resource
for starting a nursing home ministry. You may also want to read the accompanying book by the same title.
Try to recruit some volunteers from your church, friends,
neighbors, relatives, classmates, young children, even pets. They will
all be welcome!!! Show the Song for Grandmother Video
to help bring additional friends.
Have an insert placed in your Sunday Church Bulletin. A sample insert is provided as an example.
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Always remember something told to me by a compassionate and
experienced activities director- You can not mess up nursing home
ministry- the need is too great and the reception is too overwhelming. Fear
not, for Christ is with you.