Remembering my ‘word of the year’ was give, I willingly said yes when asked to take on another role at the aged care facility where I volunteer. Today is Friday and mid afternoon I’d be making my way down the very nicely decorated corridor pushing the tea trolly complete with china cups and cream cakes to ‘take afternoon tea’ with some of the residents.
Some of them like it in their rooms – big smiles when I knock and ask ‘would you like some tea’, and then tell them ‘cook’s made something special’ and ask if they’d like that as well. One chap has his spot in the separate tv area. ‘Half a cup of black coffee please and a piece of cake’ spoken before I’ve even put the trolley brake on.
But most are in the sitting room. Several ladies and one gentleman all chatting away (hostel environment not nursing home) – then I hear ‘here she comes’ There’s a break in activities for tea so it’s like they are sitting there with their tongues hanging out, dying for a cup of tea! After they’ve all been served I sit down and they fill me in on their week (or past lives at times)
The restrictions on volunteers (and visitors) was made early in March so it’s been 5 weeks since I’ve helped out. I miss it….and wonder how they are all coping. Some volunteer run activities have been cancelled- staff have stepped up to run others but it’s nothing like it was previously.
Somehow….. even though a couple of the ‘cheeky ladies’ who have ‘butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths ‘ looks about them – but have ‘been there done that’ tales to tell…..would be in on the ‘fun’- I don’t think management would approve of this as a fill in activity 😊
Fun Friday – the day you forget the worries of the week.
Will be back on Monday – see you then!