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Bay News 9

Program Seeking Volunteers To Visit Nursing Home Patients

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Reported By Troy Kinsey

TALLAHASSEE -- The holidays at Florida's nursing homes can sometimes mean solitude.

Many patients are hundreds, even thousands of miles away from their families. Even a few minutes of simple conversation can be hard to come by.

That’s why a long-term Florida program is asking you to think about paying those patients a visit this holiday season.

You don't have to be trained or undergo a background check.

All you'll have to give up is an hour of your time.

Program coordinators said it takes interaction to keep nursing home patients healthy. But this year, many of their families can't afford to come and visit.

“Gas is more expensive, the economy's difficult, people have lost jobs, and so it is more difficult to travel and visit family and friends that you may want to,” said Aubrey Posey from Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.