I've been volunteering at Melabev once a week for 10 years. They have a wonderful program for senior with dementia and physical disabilities. We really see a difference in their personalities once they are out of their house and together with other people. They participate in our music sessions and arm chair yoga, baking,etc. The staff and all the volunteers are doing an amazing job.
I started volunteering once or twice a month at Melabev Beit Shemesh nearly a decade ago. The conductor of my women's choir asked if I could accompany her singing on the violin. At the time I wasn't very good at playing chords, but with some rehearsal we were able to put together a program, and the people at Melabev started asking if I could come on my own.
The seniors would ask me to play favorite songs, and often I didn't know them, so I learned them (or learned to play them properly!). This process continues - in fact, in a second I'll take a listen to the song "The White Cliffs of Dover" which, it turns out, I don't know... yet.
The atmosphere at Melabev Beit Shemesh is like a family, and when I arrive every other week, it's like coming to visit relatives who are all really happy to see me. By now I know about what songs different people like and why. We've had conversations around the music. We play many things all the time, over and over and neither their enjoyment or mine ever pales - music is like that. You don't say "oh, I don't want to sing this song, I sang it last week!"
I grew up singing in the car with my family and when I'm playing at Melabev and everyone is singing along, I have the same safe feeling of being with people in a happy way, we can sing loudly or softly - the music doesn't demand that we be cheerful and bouncy - we can each enjoy it in whatever place were are at that moment.
If you are ever in Israel, you should come visit - it is a really fun place, with a staggering variety of activities going on all the time. If I'm there you can ask me to play a song - and if I know it - I will!!!
Melabev is a truly wonderful Day Care Center for The Elderly. Having worked In a Senior
Center previously before making Aliayah , I can honestly say that The Manager and staff of Melabev , Beit Shemesh are the most dedicated, caring group of people I have ever worked with. They often put the clients before themselves and have very original and unique programs.
I volunteer at Melabev Beit Shemesh one morning a week. It is definitely my most meaningful, fulfilling, and fun morning! Everyone, the clients, staff, national service young ladies, and fellow volunteers are smiling and happy to be there. We all work together to make each other's day a rewarding experience. My favorite part of the day is when I just sit and talk. Each person in Melabev is an individual with their own story to tell. Each person adds something so special to our group. Melabev is a wonderful, important, and very special organization!
I occasionally volunteer in Melabev. It is a truly inspiring place where people with dementia can come to be stimulated in a warm, nurturing atmosphere. The staff is unbelievably giving, patient, and loving. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Melabev is a remarkable place!
I attended a support group for adult children of dementia sufferers. The group was facilitated by the Melabev social worker. Each week, I came out of the meeting with crucial information, coping strategies, and true support. Melabev is a life line for families of dementia patients.
Melabev has made it possible for my dad to make Aliya at age 82. The organization held my hand through the entire process of getting an amazing caregiver as well as provide him with a loving, warm environment on a daily basis. In his first week he came home one day and said "this was the best day of my
Life" all due to Melabev - their staff is exceptional! Give, give, give - an amazing place!
I have been working at Melabev for nearly six years. The love and warmth that each participant receives is beyond words. Many families experience fears and worries when dealing with Alzheimer patients- Melabev is the perfect address. Melabev helps not only the seniors but the families too. The seniors are also involved in the community so they feel a sense of giving too- the seniors are involved in projects like making packages for soldiers and for needy families, making sandwiches for hungry childrenbar and bat mitzvah programs baby parades and so much more. Melabev is just a wonderful place
Alzheimer's is a terrible disease which devastates families emotionally and financially. Melabev is doing its part to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer's sufferers and for their families. It runs day care centers to engage and occupy the elderly and help improve their memory.
With the state of care for Alzheimer's sufferers in Israel today, Melabev are far ahead of the curve! Well worth looking into and supporting!