Jul 27, 2017 by Erin Couchell
Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds, improves mental health and makes seniors smile. By volunteering, they contribute to their community and improve their quality of life. Senior home care providers recommend volunteering because of its many benefits.
Seniors can enrich the lives of people in their neighborhood by doing volunteer work. It is easy, simple and it usually does not require an application, just a desire to help. Volunteering can make your loved one feel useful and accomplished, and make their free time more meaningful.
If your Mom or Dad spends a lot of time away from their grandkids, maybe volunteering with children will be good for them. Senior home care providers can find organizations which give adult volunteers the chance to build lasting one-on-one relationships with children in need of caring adults in their lives. Your parent can visit kids in hospitals and tutor them, read them stories or simply play with them. Some seniors volunteer at the front desks or nurse’s stations to provide information to visitors.
Becoming a foster grandparent can be a fulfilling work for your parent. They provide children whose grandparents are gone or live far away with the love they need and also help them with schoolwork.
Senior home care providers could do a little research and find out if your loved one’s local library or elementary school needs some help. If they wish, your parent could help kids find books to read or with their homework.
Your loved one could also volunteer at the museum. Not only will their free time be well spent, but they will also learn something new. Museums often offer programs that train volunteers to lead tours or educate visitors. Many botanical gardens, historical sites and land conservation groups offer similar opportunities for volunteers.
For animal lovers, the best way to spend their free time is at the animal shelter. Your parent can take care of animals, organize fundraising events, perform administrative tasks, or even help to rescue pets.
If your senior has a pet of their own, senior home care providers recommend signing them up for a pet therapy training program. This way they will be able to visit patients in nursing homes, children's hospitals, and hospice care and bring them joy.
Being socially active will improve your parent’s mental health, provide them with a sense of belonging and help them feel that their lives have a purpose. Senior home care providers could help your loved one choose an activity that is most suitable for their condition.