Call your local heatlthcare facility or your church, and explain that you are interested in assisting the elderly or seniors who are homebound and need additional care. You do not have to be certified in CPR to do this. You just have to have a compassionate heart.
Don’t worry about planning what you’re going to do. Most seniors just love someone to sit and talk with them. Bring a book to read to them, offer to paint their nails, bring a deck of cards to play with or hymn books to sign songs with them. Many seniors love the old-fashioned church hymns, enjoy having someone to sing with them. You don’t need to have a great voice to sing, just sing with them.
Greet your senior citizen at their eye level
Remember that most seniors are wheel-chair bound, so it’s great to communicate eye-to-eye with them, either on your knees or seated facing them. It’s very soothing to a senior to be greeted like this.
Some seniors may have difficulty enunciating, or with their vocabulary. Not to worry, most are able to smile and say hello. Respond to them by saying “I understand”, or “It’s so good to see you again”. Don’t hesitate to hug, or pat their hands, many seniors crave for someone other than staff to touch them and acknowledge them.
Many are in pain from arthritis, or infections, or may blame God or their families for having to be in a healthcare facility. Remember, they are frustrated with their present situation, they aren’t angry with you. They are just trying to deal with pain, disease or loneliness. Don’t give up your volunteering because of a few people. All in all, you are needed and your company is enjoyed by most seniors.