VOLUNTEER

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elderly lady walking with younglady

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
--Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 
   

Helping Seniors Live a Better Life by Volunteering

Service Elite Community Outreach Program

That frail little woman that looks like she's past 90 years of age is someone's grandma. That man that sits at home alone because he can't get out and visit his friends at the coffee shop since he broke his hip is someone's grandpa. Their kids and grandkids live three states away. They get back to see them as often as they can, but it's not often enough.

 In between visits, those seniors spend their time alone, unable to do the things they once did, the things they need to do to take care of themselves. They suffer from loneliness and often depression because they are no longer able to contribute to society or even take care of themselves.

 

You Can Help

By volunteering your time, you can help these seniors live a better quality of life. They can learn to enjoy life again because they feel better and have something to look forward to. You don't have to be a nurse or a professional caregiver to help out. With just a little spare time, even two or three hours a week, you can make a difference in the life of a senior. If you know how to take care of your own household – or your own grandparent – you can help someone else.

What do seniors need that you can provide? 

  • Healthy meals prepared for them
  • Light housekeeping, like floors swept, dishes washed and put away, beds changed
  • Laundry
  • Lawn Maintenace
  • Errands ran for groceries or medicine
  • Companionship and respite care
  • Skilled Care: Social Worker or Nurse

Everyone can help regardless of past experience or education. You can fix a light meal or fold a load of laundry. You can read their favorite books aloud or play a game of checkers. Most importantly, you can talk to them and listen as they tell you stories of the past or complaints about how they are feeling. There are so many ways you can help seniors live a better life with just a few hours of volunteering.

 

Caring for the Entire Person

Besides helping them with important tasks that allow them to continue to stay in their own homes, you are providing the social and mental interaction that keeps them alert and interested in life. You not only assist them with their daily routines, you improve their quality of life and give them a reason to get up each day in spite of the aches and pains and frustrations of aging.

You don't need to be wealthy or have a special degree. All you need is a heart for seniors and a desire to make their lives better. A desire to give back to the people who have given so much to us. If you don't have a parent or grandparent of your own to do things for or they don't need care yet, why not do it for someone else's family member when they can't? After all, you never know when you'll be glad that someone else is caring for your loved one. Find out more about how to volunteer and get involved. You'll be glad you did. 

 

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