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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. 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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  • Mark B.

    What a rewarding event that was fun for all. Time spent with good caring people all with big hearts. There's no better gift then the opportunity the bring pleasure in others life.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Gina M.

    This was absolutely amazing!!! I met such Awesome, Amazing people that are a part of this group!!!! I loved being able to help brighten the day of these Beautiful people that live at Ashford Hall, by simply spending a little time with them and giving them some of my undivided attention and a Hug if they wanted one!!!! I had a Great Time!!!! What a Great Group!!!!!

    2 · May 5, 2014

  • Nilda Q.

    Great as always!!!

    May 5, 2014

  • Cynthia M.

    I can see my husband from across the room. He's having more fun than the residents.

    May 4, 2014

  • Judy W

    Can't make it tomorrow but will we be going again next

    May 3, 2014

    • Jim

      Judy, we go to Ashford Hall the First Sunday of each month. Hope to see you next month.

      May 4, 2014

  • Donna L.

    Sorry to cancel on this, was really looking forward to it, and meeting all, but I became the proud mommy this week of 2 rescue kittens who are struggling with kitty litter box training, so I am housebound for now.... Will keep y'all in thoughts/prayers and hope to join you soon! Thank each of you for ministering to the elderly....

    May 3, 2014

    • Jim

      Donna Lynn, see you at future events.

      May 4, 2014

  • Donna L.

    I'd be happy to bring my karaoke machine if anyone is interested ~ lots of selections of CDG's ~ looking forward to it!

    April 28, 2014

    • Donna L.

      I also have played piano at our Corsicana and Italy, Texas nursing homes.... any singers in our group? Guitars? The residents love music!

      April 28, 2014

    • Jim

      Donna, feel free to bring your Karaoke machine. Depending on interest/Singers, we can decide to use it before we play Bingo. Thanks.

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Heather Lyn O.

    Any suggestion on what to bring?

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Jim

      Some possible ideas.....
      Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Body wash, shampoo, disposable razors, shave cream, after shave.(Travel size might be good for these items).
      Sometimes the ladies enjoy putting on nail polish. Inexpensive costume jewelry.
      Socks, tee one time baseball caps seemed popular
      Crosswords or other word puzzles (large print is better), Sudoku puzzles
      Notebooks, pens, markers, Stationery
      Holiday-of-the-month (May) themed articles
      Picture frames, photo albums
      Small Plush toys
      Small lap blankets. Appropriate rated DVDs.
      NOT useable: No food, Bar soap, candles, fingernail clippers or other sharps except disposable razors

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Jim

    Thank you to all who have rsvp'ed Yes to to this event!
    We are running low on items to put in the gift bags for the Bingo prize bags.
    If you are able, please consider bringing some items to help fill the bags.
    A list of appropriate low cost items is listed on the files tab.
    Thank YOU!

    3 · April 24, 2014

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