Volunteers: the Heart of VOYCE

There’s a quote from Mr. Rogers that circulates around social media when a tragic event occurs. I have mentioned it before. “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.’” I, like many others,…

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Volunteers: the Heart of VOYCE

My Journey to Social Work

From a young age, I knew I wanted a career where I could help people. Like many young people who want to get into a helping profession, I thought I would pursue nursing. After some coursework and a job at a hospital, I realized that nursing was not my career path. I enjoyed working in…

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My Journey to Social Work

VOYCE’s 2022 Annual Long-Term Care Conference

We thank all who attended VOYCE’s 2022 Annual Long-Term Care Conference! The theme of the Conference for 2022 was “Care: Who We Are. What We Do. Where We Go from Here.” Our thanks to our wonderful speakers: Dr. John Morley, Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G, RYT, Kelly Schilling, CTRS & Taylor Pendleton, MS, CTRS, Dr….

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VOYCE’s 2022 Annual Long-Term Care Conference

Isolation and the Need for Change

Update 7/17/22: The Essential Caregivers Program will be law as of 8/28/22! It is no secret that nursing homes became a place of intense isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. When everyone felt alone and isolated, long-term care residents were left in understaffed facilities where even their basic needs were not being met. Many stories arose…

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Isolation and the Need for Change

New Friendly VOYCE Program

Loneliness and isolation affect the physical and mental wellbeing of older adults. Studies have shown that loneliness is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, difficulty sleeping, impaired cognition, and high blood pressure. Without social networks and a connection to the community, the elderly risk their health, and isolation in long-term care has…

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New Friendly VOYCE Program

What You Need to Know About Leaving a Nursing Home BEFORE You Move In

Involuntary nursing home discharges and transfers are a legitimate problem in the United States. According to the States’ Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (LTCOP), one of their top 5 complaints is inadequate discharge planning or improper evictions from nursing home facilities. In fact, annually there are approximately 14,000 complaints of this sort that the LTCOP attempts…

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What You Need to Know About Leaving a Nursing Home BEFORE You Move In