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Ashford Hall visiting with seniors



I've added a file with an alternate plan when we have a large turnout of volunteers.  See:

1) As of July 2012, residents request: please, no more bar soap.

2) Reminder: As of February, 2011 Ashford Hall no longer allows food donations (fruits, candies, cookies, cakes, and drinks) from us.




Dear RAK Members,

Ashford Hall, a skilled nursing facility is designed to provide residents with the care and assistance needed to enjoy life. Volunteering at AH is unlike any other volunteer experience you have ever had. As a group, we enrich the lives of frail or isolated seniors and/or adults, through support and friendship, during friendly visits. We also provide music and Bingo game for the residents. This is a very kid friendly event. The residents love kids and dogs.

As always your presence is very valuable. Seniors really enjoy visiting with us and when it comes to organizing the prizes and helping out with bingo, or lugging stuff out to Dave's car, singing with the Darlings, the more the merrier. We also realize that our volunteers come from all walks of life; among us are students, job-seekers, and so on. Not everyone can afford to buy prizes but all volunteers are welcome and valued.

But, if you'd like to donate, consider the upcoming month's theme.  It could be a holiday, like Thanksgiving for November or Valentines Day for February, or it could be related to the season of the year. Of course, you're always welcome to bring any affordable and appropriate gifts for the seniors.  See the "Files" section, where I posted a list on February 5.


NOTE ABOUT WHAT WE DO: We meet in the lobby. Then volunteers visit with residents in their rooms for a while, followed by a bingo game for them in the game room. Some volunteers also sing to the residents with Dave's Darlings. Volunteers fill prize bags. We also sit at tables with the residents during bingo, help them mark their bingo cards and pick up their prizes for them when they win.

You can catch up to us. The typical schedule: 
1) 1:00-1:15 Meet in foyer 
2) 1:15: Visit rooms or set up for bingo in atrium 
3) 1:45: Music in atrium if others sing 
4) 2:05: Bingo begins; if we have singers they go to Alzheimers ward 
5) 3:00: Finish bingo, group photo, pack up 
6) 3:20-4:30? Optional late lunch at Danals or sometimes Taco Cabana if we have dogs along.

NOTE TO THOSE WANTING TO BRING A DOG OR CAT:Ashford Hall has to have copies of up to date shot records for them. Butch (big guy with baseball cap in wheelchair) or Nita can accept shot records. Of course, the dog should have the right temperament for visiting with residents.

NOTE TO THOSE TAKING PHOTOS: Photography is welcome at Ashford Hall, and pictures of other volunteers, the facility, the prizes, and so on are totally acceptable. However, we need to remember to respect the privacy of the residents whom we are helping to serve. Please refrain from taking pictures of the clients, volunteers with residents, and so on. If you accidentally include someone, you can crop that person out or use programs such as photoshop or (free) to blur the face before posting to meetup, Facebook, or other sites. A how-to for blurring faces can be found in the Files section.

Some of us go for lunch afterward at nearby, reasonably priced Danals.  Come join us for Tex Mex if you like!,Irving,+TX&cid=0,0,12442865870013761232&ei=O6GdT_erN4PM2AXQt6CpAg&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=4&ved=0CBkQ_BIwAw


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  • Veronica S.

    Great! I ended up talking to one lady for an hour and a half. So, everybody had left by the time I got out. But it was time well spent. I'm happy I was able to provide joy to someone who seldom gets a visit.

    December 3, 2013

  • Bonnie

    One of my favorite holiday traditions ... Love seeing those smiles on the residents :)

    December 1, 2013

  • Dave

    All the gifts were delivered and the volunteers did a great job! Hope to see everybody in January!

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel last minute. Was really looking forward to this! I will definitely be out next month!

    December 1, 2013

  • Bobby B.

    hi all...I have seen the beautiful player piano in the lobby ..was wondering if Ashford has a spinet or upright piano we could use in the atrium for this Sunday?

    November 29, 2013

    • Dave

      Hi, Bobby: they used to have one in the atrium but I don't know what happened to it. Sorry!

      November 30, 2013

  • Nilda Q.

    I'm sorry I have to cancel, I have a cold n been feeling terrible. God willing I'll make next month.

    November 30, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Sounds wonderful but I will still be in NY :(

    November 30, 2013

  • Zopi

    anyone leaving from Plano or Frisco whom i can carpool with? i live in plano off of 75. my cell number is two one four nine two four six one five one. thanks.

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Roy P.

    Out of town.

    November 25, 2013

  • Natalie

    This will be my first meetup with the group. I read this meetup description. Is there anything else I need to know? Thanks.

    November 25, 2013

  • Gina

    I am a professional photographer and would love to bring my camera!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Anne S.

    Hey out there...Anybody know if we're having a wrapping senior gifts potluck again? It sure was fun last year.

    November 18, 2013

    • Dave

      Hi, Anne: Yes, it was a lot of fun last year! We've handed the wrapping off to another group this time around.

      November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    happy to be able to attend.

    1 · November 18, 2013

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