1st Edition

Volunteerism in Geriatric Settings

ISBN 9781138986855
Published October 19, 2016 by Routledge
126 Pages

USD $26.95

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Book Description

Volunteerism in Geriatric Settings is an instructional tool for activity directors and others interested in successful volunteer program management. It examines three dimensions of volunteerism: the distinctive dynamics of the volunteer program within the geriatric setting; the behaviors and attitudes managers and volunteers bring to the program; and the responsibility managers have for the nature and scope of programs offered.

The innovative programs and approaches that are described in Volunteerism in Geriatric Settings lend themselves to replication. Readers will benefit from the wealth of information on understanding volunteers, program management guidance, models and activities on program enhancement, and recommendations for corrective action.

Volunteerism in Geriatric Settings explores the internal arrangements and organizational procedures of typical programs, as well as forces and trends that influence volunteers and volunteer programs. The contributors cover:

  • Understanding volunteerism: describes the concept of caring and the motivation that drives the volunteer experience
  • Planning: describes the mechanics of the volunteer program; explores the recruitment, training, recognition, and retention of volunteers
  • Administration: describes those management styles most often observed in geriatric settings and offers strategies for successful management practices
  • Creative Programming: offers innovative programs and activities that can be adopted with relative ease
  • Keys to Success: outlines recommendations for successful management

    For those who desire to begin or enhance programs which use volunteers--activity directors, recreation and rehabilitation staff, gerontologists, college and university instructors, geriatric care managers--Volunteerism in Geriatric Settings provides many insights and ideas for volunteer managers at federal, local, and private levels.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  •  Introduction
  •  Part I: Planning
  • Finding Nursing Home Volunteers With Staying Power
  • Part II: Administration
  • Management Styles That Can Help or Hurt Your Volunteer Program
  •  Part III: Understanding Volunteerism
  • The Nature of Caring in Volunteerism Within Geriatric Settings
  • Part IV: Creative Programming
  • Volunteers of the Spirit: Quality of Life Programming With Religious Volunteers
  • Adopt an Elder: Linking Youth and the Elderly
  •  Culinary Delights From Around the World (International Cuisine Volunteer Program)
  • Gardening--An Equal Opportunity Joy
  • Volunteering to Promote Fitness and Caring: A Motive for Linking College Students With Mature Adults
  •  Reciprocal Volunteering: Nursing Home Residents and the Homeless
  •  Part V: Concluding Remarks
  • Keys to a Successful Volunteer Program
  •  Reference Notes Included
  • Index

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