TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

March 17, 2014

Christian Care Communities awarded funding for Best Friends program

Community volunteer ‘friends’ needed to work with residents in the program


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Special to the Times-Tribune

Christian Care Communities started a program for seniors, which initially began about 30 years ago in Lexington. The program is called the Best Friends program and it utilizes a social approach for people with various stages of dementia.

Christian Care Communities was awarded a grant from The Steele-Reese Foundation to fund the program on its campus, and subsequently hired a volunteer coordinator who has assisted in the process of bringing volunteers on board.

The program matches a Best Friends volunteer with a resident from the skilled nursing facility with similar interests, and the group of the volunteers and their matches get together weekly. The program conducted its first gathering last Thursday, and by the smiles on the many faces in the room, it appeared that everyone had a very good time. A craft was made, trivia questions answered, songs and hymns sung, and lots of laughter could be heard from outside the room.

Thus far, about 10 matches have been made, and as more volunteers come on board, more matches will be made with the program expanding to cover additional days of the week.

All activities are staff led and volunteer supported. Everyone needs to have meaningful relationships and, as a person age, often those relationships are lost due to death and relocation of family members and friends.

Best Friends offers a rewarding opportunity for volunteers and the nursing home resident with whom they are matched.

For further information about the program call volunteer coordinator, Bobby Sutton, or Chaplain Joan Schlesing at 606-258-2514.

PIANO PLAYERS NEEDED

Piano players are needed who can volunteer to play at least once a month for one-half hour on either the first, second, or third Thursday of the month for a sing-along.