Volunteering to Visit an Isolated Senior
In recent years, assisted living centers and nursing homes have become popular lifestyles for seniors. The facilities are numerous throughout Central Florida where there is a significant population of seniors. The accommodations offer needed assistance for those who are unable to care for themselves. For some people, the lifestyle offers an active social life and many visits from loved ones. For others, it can turn into an isolated life that leads to depression. The isolation can occur when health and mobility issues prevent socialization, or when loved ones avoid visiting. For a lonely senior who lives in a facility, a visit can provide the comfort to relieve the feelings of seclusion.
When arranging a visit to an unfamiliar senior in a facility, some planning can help the visit to go smoothly. After deciding on the best time and day for the social call, try to find out about the background and interests of the resident. Someone who enjoys literature might appreciate having a visitor read to them. Others, might want to dictate a letter. Some residents might even enjoy playing a game of cards. Of course, conversation is always a good activity too when common interests can be found.
It is also important to remember that the length of the visit is unimportant. A 15-minute stay can feel like a lifeline to a lonely senior. On the other hand, a visit that lasts too long can also be exhausting for both the visitor and the resident.
Ourseniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility.