OUR NEXT MOVIE - May 16, 2015 "The African Queen"

posted May 5, 2015, 5:17 PM by Kelly Flannery

Come join us at 2:15 p.m., on Saturday, 5/16/15, to take a resident to the movies.  We will be showing Humphrey Bogart's and Katherine Hepburn's classic movie "The African Queen"!!!

Call Kelly at 780-6189 to reserve a seat.  


posted May 5, 2015, 5:11 PM by Kelly Flannery   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:11 PM ]

Thanks to a generous gift from our friend, Barbara Pecuch.  We have purchased a movie projector system for Riverside Rehabilitation Rehabilitation & Nursing Center which allows us to play movies on all 3 floors.  We are inviting local high school students to come and "take a resident to the movies."  Students are able to obtain 5 hours of service in one day and be a friend and movie companion for the day to a resident.  Everyone wins! 

I'd like to thank the students who have participated to date.  You have made a lot of residents' days!

What's New & Great In Nursing Home Care

posted May 5, 2015, 5:02 PM by Kelly Flannery   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:03 PM ]

BY Carey Reed  April 5, 2015 at 1:19 PM EDT
Student Onno Selbach does activities with two of our inhabitants. Photo courtesy of Humanitas.

Student Onno Selbach interacts with two nursing home residents at Humanitas in the Netherlands. Selbach helped create an intergenerational program there that offers students rent-free housing. Photo courtesy of Humanitas

A nursing home in the Netherlands allows university students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as part of a project aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging.

In exchange for small, rent-free apartments, the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, Netherlands, requires students to spend at least 30 hours per month acting as “good neighbors,” Humanitas head Gea Sijpkes said in an email to PBS NewsHour.

Officials at the nursing home say students do a variety of activities with the older residents, including watching sports, celebrating birthdays and, perhaps most importantly, offering company when seniors fall ill, which helps stave off feelings of disconnectedness.

Both social isolation and loneliness in older men and women are associated with increased mortality, according to a 2012 report by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

“The students bring the outside world in, there is lots of warmth in the contact,” Sijpkes said.

Six students from area universities Saxion and Windesheim share the building with approximately 160 seniors. They are allowed to come and go as they please, as long as they follow one rule: Do not be a nuisance to the elderly.

Sijpkes joked that this is not difficult for the younger residents, especially since most of the older people living at the home are hard of hearing.

The program started two years ago after Sijpkes received an inquiry from a Onno Selbach, a student who complained about the noise and poor conditions of school housing. Sijpkes responded and they began to talk and design the exchange program.

Similar intergenerational programs exist in Lyons, France and Cleveland, Ohio, according to the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing. One program that began in Barcelona, Spain in the late 1990s has been replicated in more than 20 cities throughout the country.


posted Jul 11, 2013, 12:17 PM by Kelly Flannery   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 12:20 PM ]

Dear All Visitors to our Site:  We here at VVA are proud to announce that our first class of volunteers visitors has begun their mission of visiting residents at Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.  Approximately, 12 volunteers have completed or are in the process of completing their training and are looking forward to their new friendships.  Thanks to all who have supported our cause throughout these past 2 1/2 years.  In particular, thank you to:  Robert Kelly, Esquire; Karen Brown of Myers, Brier & Kelly; Scranton Area Foundation; Laura Meade (Activity Director of Riverside Rehab. & Nursing Center); Travis Martin (Administrator of Riverside Rehab. & Nursing Center), Carol Burti, Ann Bost, Mary Beth Smith, Jennifer Mackowski (VVA Board members); Sister Paulette Berang; Father Phil Sladicka; Queen of Apostles Church; St. Michael's Orthodox Church; St. George's Orthodox Church, Divine Mercy Parish; St. Nicholas Catholic Byzantine Church; all those who have donated monies and their time; and the volunteers present and in the future who are giving the precious gift of their time.  We have just begun, and with your continued support within the next several years we wil have volunteers placed in many nursing homes in NEPA,  Bless you all.  Thank you all, Kelly Flannery    


posted Apr 8, 2013, 4:52 PM by Kelly Flannery   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 4:53 PM ]

You're Invited: 
Event:  Volunteers Visitors Association Orientation Meeting
Date:  Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30
At:  Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center (previously Taylor Nursing Home)
500 West Hospital Street, Taylor, Pa. 18517

RSVP BY MAY 9, 2013 - By calling 570-780-6189 or e-mailing

Light breakfast and a luncheon to be served.  Come meet and greet with other potential volunteers that wish to visit one on one with residents at Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.  Come hear from our trainers and guest speakers what it means to be a volunteer and the rewards it has to offer all parties involved.  Bring a friend.  Must be 18 years or older.  Hope to see you there! 


posted Feb 13, 2012, 7:43 AM by Robert Bubernak   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:21 PM by Kelly Flannery ]

posted Sep 14, 2011, 4:57 PM by Kelly Flannery   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 5:00 PM ]

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