Is it safe for my baby to be held by the residents?
In most cases, yes!
Our seniors love holding, cuddling, and playing with our young volunteers and the babies love it too. It is always best to stay close by to ensure everyone is safe and happy.
Some seniors have physical limitations that may make it challenging for them to hold wiggly babies independently, even if they really want to. Babies can still get close for lots of cuddles and social interactions with your help. If you have any questions or concerns, local staff from the home are always close by to help you and provide guidance when needed.
How old does my baby need to be to volunteer?
We recommend that our youngest volunteers receive their first routine immunizations (2 months) before attending their first Baby Days session.
Do my child / children and I need to be vaccinated to volunteer?
When you get vaccinated, you help to protect everyone around you too, including the most vulnerable people, like very young children and seniors.
Most of the homes we visit also require visitors to have the annual flu vaccine to help protect residents during Fall and Winter flu season. We recommend all parents/ caregivers and children six months and older receive the annual flu vaccine.
Can I bring my older children with us to Baby Days?
Absolutely! The magic of children and the joy they bring extends across all ages. While the average Baby Days volunteer is under two years old, we always welcome older siblings to join in on the fun too.
As we continue to grow, we will be launching new programs and activities designed specifically for school-aged children.
Why is there a limit on the number of spots available for each Baby Days session?
The number of spots available for each Baby Days session varies, depending on the size of the home, the number of staff available to help facilitate the session, and the type of home/ program. For example, many homes with special memory care programs prefer smaller, more intimate groups.
If I have twins/more than one child volunteering, should I sign up for more than one spot?
Yes. If you have more than one child visiting, please specify the number attending when completing the on-line registration in Sign-up Genius.
What do I do if I need to cancel?
We understand that babies are unpredictable and things happen! If you are no longer able to attend a Baby Days session, you can cancel your registration directly in Sign-up Genius. By clicking on the link at the top of the page “change your sign up”, you can cancel your registration and open up the spot to another volunteer. It is also helpful to post a message on our Facebook page to let other volunteers know about any last minute openings due to cancellation.
What do I do if my baby is sick?
If you think your little one is coming down with something or is not feeling well, please keep them home where they can rest, get better, and continue to bring smiles to our seniors!
Please don’t forget to cancel your sign up to allow the opportunity for another baby to take your place.
Do I need to bring anything?
Each of our homes has been provided with a toy bag and blanket/ play mat for our young volunteers to enjoy. In addition to your regular diaper bag, we recommend that you bring water and snacks (nut-free), as volunteering is hard work and the babies usually work up an appetite!
What is the difference between Long-Term Care, Retirement Homes, day programs and respite facilities?
Long-term health care facilities are ideal for individuals who need constant care. By providing 24-hour supervision, these facilities offer the care and safety a senior with higher needs. These homes can be subsidized by the government.
Retirement Homes/Residence offer a greater level of independence for residents while ensuring that seniors have the medical assistance they need. Residents cover the cost of their retirement home and care services. These are not subsidized in any way by the government.
Day programs also called adult day care and adult day services, these programs offer benefits to both seniors and their caregivers (usually family members, that is). For seniors, adult day programs offer a social outlet that facilitates community and interaction with others.
Respite facilities offer temporary, substitute living arrangements or special care in the home for seniors in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest (usually more than twenty-four hours) for the family members, guardians or other people who are their regular caregivers.
Can I reach out to homes on my own and ask them to participate in Babies Who Volunteer
We appreciate the enthusiasm of our members and volunteers! It is precisely because of your enthusiasm Baby Days has been so successful. In order for facilities to benefit from our program, we have a methodology we follow and policies we implement. These policies and procedures are critical for the success of the program and for the health of all participants. At this present time, we are not expanding our operation as we are in the process of securing a partnership to allow our program to thrive. We ask that if there are homes that are not currently part of the program that you would like to see added, to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be in touch and keep you posted when the home can be added to the program.