Lehigh Valley Activity Professionals Association
March 20, 2019 9am-Noon
Presentation Topic: “Creating the Volun?Cheer Force” Rethinking the way we use volunteers in long?term care
Presenter: Paul P. Falkowski, Ph.D.
About Our Presenter: Dr. Paul Falkowski is an advocate for expanding the role of volunteers in long?term care settings, i.e., creating “super” volunteers. Using state?of?the?art training techniques, Dr. Falkowski has trained and placed hundreds of volunteers in nursing homes. Now Falkowski makes the training accessible online worldwide. He has a passion for life and living and values owning his responsibility to others and having the courage to do the right thing. His vision for discovering volunteers as a work?ready resource enhances the quality of life for people living and working in nursing homes. He makes presentations at both national and regional conferences and has written numerous articles and produced podcasts for VolunCheerLeader.com. He earned his Doctorate in Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2013. His dissertation, "Volunteer Programming Impact on Long?Term Care Facilities," is available online and has been downloaded over 6,000 times. He teaches online gerontology courses at several universities and community colleges. He and his wife Mary have been happily married 47 years, have two grown children, Steve, an architect and Katherine, a teacher, and have two grandchildren, boys, Cecil who is eight years old and Kazimir, who is six years old. In addition to his work as a gerontologist, Paul has a degree in music performance from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and when time allows, presents musical performances for nursing homes.
About Our Topic:
Part I: This session will introduce the concept of the “super” volunteer. In light of the escalading staffing challenges facing the long?term care support services (LTSS), every resource available to the long?term are community should be explored and developed. Past and current research concerning the recruiting, screening and training of exceptional volunteers is presented. Part I concludes by presenting the five common obstacles in creating a “super” volun?cheer force.
Part II: Part II will start with a discussion of how the five major obstacles in creating a “super” volun?cheer force, as presented at the conclusion of Part I, can be overcome. Part II will continue by presenting examples of current exemplar programs that are utilizing “super” volunteers in nearly every aspect of nursing home operation. This portion of the presentation includes examples of individuals volunteering at this level to include feedback from both the professional care staff and the “super” volunteers themselves as to their impact on quality of care and quality of life for the nursing home resident. “Super” volunteer recruiting and screening strategies will be presented along with developing and deploying training programs tailored to the “super” volunteer. Finally, Part II concludes with a discussion of the components for developing a strong volunteer programming impact statement.
9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
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