Many elderly adults just need companionship. Some live alone and away from family which can be difficult at times. Others are being cared for by spouses or family members. For these seniors, we have two outreach programs: the Senior Visitor Service and the Caregiver Relief Service.
The Senior Visitor Service introduces a trained volunteer to a socially isolated senior who lives alone or is homebound. With oversight and support from a social worker, a Senior Visitor is assigned to a specific client and makes a personal weekly visit and/or regular friendly phone calls. Routine visits of about two hours provide time for the creation of a lasting friendship. Volunteers can assist with small tasks such as watering plants, writing letters, watching a movie or television show, listening to music, or playing cards or games.
The Caregiver Relief Service offers temporary in-home support to help spouses or family members who care for dependent elderly adults at home. A trained volunteer offers a regular three to four hour respite period, a break during which a caregiver can relax, visit friends, go shopping, or do other activities to relieve stress. The trained volunteer can provide companionship, supervision, meal preparation, and some personal care.
For more information about these Senior Outreach programs or to become a volunteer, contact our office at 937-498-4593 or 1-800-521-6419.