Working or volunteering in the human services field can be rewarding if you're trying to make a difference in the lives of others. Working or volunteering at nursing homes is no different. However, some people I know have wondered how you can make a difference in the lives of nursing home residents since they're at the final stages in their lives. My response to that is some nursing home residents aren't there for a short time. Some of them are there for a year or two...and it some cases, much more than that.