Volunteering With Older Adults

 

For those looking for a way to give back and support the community, consider volunteering with older adults. By taking the time out of your day to spend a few hours with those who are unable to get out on their own, you’ll improve your quality of life and theirs. The good news is that you can become a volunteer with Wickshire Senior Living when you reach out to us. There are many ways you can provide a bit of support to those who need it. 

Why Volunteering with Older Adults Is So Important

Even in the best settings, the men and women who live in an assisted living or hospice community could still benefit from a bit of extra support. Often, they are not as mobile as they used to be. Some have few family members to visit. When you volunteer, you’ll see just how much it can impact these individuals and yourself.

Volunteering may:

  • Encourage older adults to open up and share their stories about their past and their future desires.
  • Help engage their brains in new conversations and opportunities for learning, which may help keep them mentally sharp for more extended periods.
  • Create friendships that you would not have had, enabling you to live a higher quality of life knowing you have such an important friend.
  • Enable you to give back to people who need it the most, often those who may not have family that is willing or can visit.
  • Be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

What Type of Volunteer Opportunities Exist?

Don’t worry. There are many ways you can help the men and women in our community. One of the best ways to volunteer is to offer your talents. What is it that you do for a living? What type of skills or unique talents do you have? Sharing those with older adults is one of the most rewarding experiences, and it may be far easier than you realize.

On the other hand, you may want to step away from your life to offer just time with a person who needs it. There are many instances in which just sitting with an older adult can make a big difference in a person’s life. Here are some examples of volunteer opportunities that may be available to you:

  • Visit with a person who is unable to read. For instance, you can go through the newspaper with them.
  • Help a person who may have limited use of their hands to write a letter to a loved one. Sometimes, they need a bit of help writing instructions or ideas down as well.
  • Share a cup of coffee with a group of people. Talk about anything that interests you or them. A good conversation can change the course of a day.
  • Provide volunteer services by helping on an outing. Or, if you are volunteering within older adult homes in the area, provide transportation to appointments or the grocery store.
  • Ask what someone needs help with and engage with them. It may be as simple as watching a TV show with them.

What can you do to help others? You may be surprised by how many ways there are to give back.