A Study on the Elderly Women's Voluntary Activities for Child Nursing Facilities -Centering around workers of child nursing facilities-

보육시설 내 여성노인 자원봉사활동 도입을 위한 탐색적 연구 -보육시설 종사자를 대상으로-

  • Sim, Mi-Young (Dept. of Family & Social Welfare, Jinju International Univ.) ;
  • Jung, Jung-Sook (Dept. of Family & Social Welfare, Jinju International Univ.)
  • 심미영 (진주국제대학교 가정사회복지학부) ;
  • 정정숙 (진주국제대학교 가정사회복지학부)
  • Published : 2005.03.01

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to develop a program that allows older women to provide voluntary services for child nursing facilities, making those women have more social participation, effectively their spare time and ultimately improve the quality of their life. Results of the study can be described as follows. First, social requests about the use of older women as volunteers for child nursing services were analyzed to show that most people working at child nursing facilities perceived lack in the number of child nursing teachers. Those people recognized the need of using older women as service volunteers for the facilities. They were very positive about such use. Second, it is recommendable that volunteers of child nursing service should be not too much older women, or below 65. Voluntary activities that those women participate include taking care of younger children, reading interesting stories for children, helping works of child homes, teaching manners and living attitudes, instructing dietary etiquettes and cooking. Voluntary service activities should be made 1 to 3 times a week, 1 to 2 hours a time, considering psychological and physical states of older people. Third, such older volunteers should be educated about 6 areas, 'the operation and management of child homes, 'practices', 'child health and safety', 'the quality of child nursing', 'child development and counseling' and 'voluntary service training'. Out of these six areas, 'child health and safety' and 'voluntary service training' are more required to be instructed. such training needs to focus on activities in which older women can actually engage as volunteers. Fourth, it is advisable that the recruitment and management of such volunteers are led by the city and that the development of training programs for voluntary service activities and education of the volunteers are referred to universities.