Volunteers sought for nursing home visitor program

A training session is planned Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the PADD office in Hopkinsville.

A volunteer program that sends visitors into long-term nursing facilities is looking for new recruits willing to spend some time with residents who don’t have family and friends who see them on a regular basis. 

Anyone interested in helping may attend the Friendly Visitor training and orientation session from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Pennyrile Area Development District office, 300 Hammond Drive, Hopkinsville. 

Cindy Tabor, the long-term care ombudsman for PADD, said volunteers are needed at 30 nursing facilities in the Pennyrile region, which includes Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties. 

The volunteer program “has been devastated” by COVID-19, said Tabor.

“Our nursing home residents have been through enough over the past two years and could really use seeing some new faces and having some visitors,” Tabor said in a letter seeking new volunteers. 

Tabor estimates that 60% of nursing home residents do not have visitors to check on them.

“Research shows that long-term care residents receive better care when they have regular outside visitors,” a PADD flyer on the program states. “With just a few minutes each week, you could change a resident’s life and help improve the quality of care they receive.”

Anyone interested in attending Wednesday’s training session should contact Tabor in advance at 270-886-9484 or cindy.tabor@ky.gov.

Volunteers sought for nursing home visitor program

Jennifer P. Brown

Jennifer P. Brown is the founder and editor of Hoptown Chronicle. You can reach her at editor@hoptownchronicle.org.