A Day in the life of a Haynes House of Hope Volunteer

By Crystal Everdyke

Many interested folks have asked what is needed for a person to become a volunteer at the Haynes House.  The answer may be surprising.  The most important thing necessary to becoming a great volunteer is to have a heart for the residents and their families.  Our main goal is to help our residents to be as comfortable as possible, keeping their needs and preferences in mind during every step of their care.  That may mean cooking their favorite food, watching a movie with them, reading to them, talking with them or just making sure that they are not alone. 

Volunteers at the Haynes House do not need to have any special medical background or training; the residents that live here are not in need of specific or detailed medical care.  Our volunteers are given an orientation that teaches them how to provide comfort care and support for the residents and their families.  Volunteers are also never asked to do anything that may be out of their comfort zone.  Shifts are four hours long and can be done in pairs or couples.  Shifts can be done on a weekly or monthly basis, as many or as few as each volunteer has time for.  Besides caring for the residents, there are always jobs around the house, like laundry, cleaning and snow removal during the winter.  Each volunteer does what they are comfortable with and capable of.

Our residents and their families have been very appreciative of the care that they have received during their stay here.  One resident commented that “it’s nice to have someone with me 24/7” and “every volunteer does something special for me.”  Our volunteers receive great personal satisfaction from the knowledge that they are helping to make the residents and their families comfortable through what could be a very difficult time. 

All of us at the Haynes House of Hope would like to welcome you into our family of care givers and volunteers.  Please give us a call at (518) 642-8155 to find out how you can help.

 

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Classifieds 07/01/15

Bridge to open to two lanes this weekend

Bridge

By Dan King State Department of Transportation will be opening the Poultney Street Bridge back to two lanes of traffic […]

Graduates reflect on turbulent year, big farewell

DSC_1783

By Dan King It was a school year that saw its fair share of ups and downs, and the Whitehall […]

Eighty-eight grads celebrate mountains, milestones

1a

By Christina Scanlon Bags of M&M candies were distributed to the graduating seniors at Granville Junior-Senior High School Friday night, […]

Circus ‘advance man’ clowns around

SONY DSC

By Christina Scanlon By the time the Kelly Miller Circus hits town later this month, one of the clowns will […]

Music, food, fireworks offered

By Christina Scanlon The New York Players have been a favorite for years as part of the Village Summer Concert […]

O’Shea continues as interim principal

Jane O'Shea

By Dan King When the Whitehall Board of Education scheduled a special meeting for last Thursday, the immediate assumption was […]

Hughes steps down as defensive coordinator, takes job at Fair Haven

By Dan King Coaching football at Whitehall High School has been a hot-button topic for more than a year, and […]

Granville woman places third in triathlon

Kerri podium

By Linda Ellingsworth When Kerri Thomas rode the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as a child to visit relatives in Delaware, she […]

Museum honors people, industry, stone

By Christina Scanlon From wooden-soled shoes to lunch pails, steam whistles to checker boards, a unique collection of slate industry-related […]

Four in running for county administrator

By Christina Scanlon The pool of 45 candidates for Washington County administrator has been trimmed to four and county supervisors […]

Village eying new tax exemption for vets

By Dan King The village of Whitehall is looking to alleviate some more tax burden for those who served the […]