Volunteer at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Volunteer Opportunities at HRC

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center:

Wheelchair Transport Volunteers
Combine exercise with a good deed! Escort wheelchair-bound residents to recreational activities in the hobby shop, concerts in the auditorium, religious services in the synagogue, and to clinical appointments throughout the facility.
Requirements:  Ability to walk throughout the building

RUBEX Exercise Program Volunteer
Assist residents by performing a variety of tasks related to the Rubenstein Unit-Based Exercise Program (RUBEX), which uses chairs, leg weights, dumbbells and resistance bands for restorative exercises among small groups It's a great way to get exercise and help our elderly residents stay fit. 
Requirements: Training by RUBEX director that includes an introduction and hands on training sessions.

Caring Touch Volunteer
Become a part of The Hand-to-Hand Caring Touch Program.  Enjoy one-on-one interactions as you help elderly residents to relax with mini-hand rubs. You can help residents obtain the benefits of a healing touch, such as relaxation, reduced  anxiety and stress, a release of muscle tension and pain, and a greater sense of well-being.
Requirements: Training is required and will be provided. Two-hour shifts are requested.

Meal Mates Volunteer
People who are afflicted with diseases ranging from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's often lose the ability to feed themselves. You can play a nurturing and critical role by assisting dependent elderly residents at mealtimes. You can provide encouragement and nourishment by giving verbal cues to eat, physically guiding residents to feed themselves, and spoon-feeding those individuals who are dependent on caregivers.
Requirements: There is a one-hour training session offered by a speech pathologist and on-the-job training with a nurse assistant.

"Memory Discovery" Volunteer
 "Memory Discovery Carts" are on various units throughout the facility consisting of household objects familiar to residents from their pasts; some objects provide tactile sensations (different fabrics and shapes) and some are interactive (puzzles, musical instruments.)  There are even stuffed puppies and kittens that purr and snore!  You can help residents achieve a degree of relaxation from handling familiar and comforting objects that bring back pleasant memories.

Pet Therapy Volunteer
Visit residents with your trained dogs. Your dog must be friendly and have certification as a therapy dog.  Hours and times are flexible.
Requirements: Proof of dog training and necessary vaccinations.

Beauty Shop Volunteer
Assist the staff in a busy on-site beauty shop. Call the nursing units to remind staff of resident appointments, check in people and record attendance, help to clean the shop by sweeping the floor and wiping down the counters, and transport elderly residents back to the units where they live.
Requirements: Must be physically able to push wheelchairs.

Exercise Volunteer
Help residents who are participating in the Circle of Fitness program. Assist them on and off the weight-resistance equipment, spot them, coach them, and count the repetitions.
Requirements: Volunteers will receive training by staff on wheelchair transport safety and on the procedures in the "gym."

Russian-Speaking Volunteer
Russian-speaking volunteers are needed to assist us in serving our Russian-speaking residents. You can help by visiting, reading, playing chess, engaging in other recreational activities, or assisting with exercise programs.
Requirements: Must speak fluent Russian

Friendly Visitor Program
Chat or play games with residents who do not have very many visitors.  It is a rewarding experience for the residents and this program has fostered some wonderful long-term relationships.

Life Enhancement Assistant
Our Life Enhancement coaches lead activities daily and on weekends on each of our long-term care units.  You can either assist with these activities or lead an activity of your own for a small group of residents.

 Pharmacy Assistant
Our pharmacy department is always looking for help from either experienced pharmacists or people interested in becoming pharmacists.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the workings of a pharmacy or share your pharmacy skills.

Games Leader
If you play poker, bingo, mah jongg, bridge, or other game, you can lead a small group of residents in a weekly game.  Many of our residents are accomplished players and welome the opportunity to play a game they always loved.

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