There are many programs created for seniors who, even if they are not seriously ill, suffer from the worst and most undesirable “affection”: loneliness. In this respect, the support provided by volunteers is the main resource involved in the implementation of these programs.
What qualities/ skills do you need to volunteer with seniors?
To build quality relationships with a lasting impact, you need to be open, sociable and easily adaptable, manifest patience, willingness to listen and have a good sense of responsibility. You must also have a strong motivation to work with seniors; the motivation can be personal, coming from civic or community spirit. You must also be ready for a lasting engagement and respect the values promoted through the program. As about time availability, you must be ready to offer a certain number of hours per week from your time (in the case of regular volunteering) or be available occasionally, when you can.
Activities you can involve in include:
- Social activities – conversations and social contact – discussions on topics of common interest, reading of the press, individual reading sessions etc.
- Training of beneficiaries in leisure activities, in occupational hobby activities at home or in the community
- Practical support at home – shopping, bill payment, facilitation of outdoor activities (park walks, entertainment shows, cultural activities etc.), help in attending various locations. Find volunteer opportunities at places such as https://www.erseniorliving.com/meadow-lake-retirement-community-tyler-texas.aspx, and others within the community.