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Where Should Seniors Volunteer?

By Carol White, 9:00 am on October 26, 2015

Volunteering offers the perfect opportunity for seniors to share their skills with their community while enjoying some socialization. The Prescott elder care experts at Home Care Assistance believe seniors who volunteer can also receive a boost in emotional health from helping others and find a renewed sense of purpose. If your elderly loved one is interested in volunteering, he or she can find many rewarding opportunities by exploring the following areas.

Community Centers

In most cities, there is a constant need for volunteers who can help with the Parks and Recreation Department. At a community center, your loved one can help greet and provide tours to new visitors, assist with registering new patrons, and even teach classes. Help with special events such as planning refreshments or entertainment may also be requested.

Libraries

Local libraries welcome volunteers who can help with basic services such as checking out books or placing them back on the shelves. Libraries with special programs for children may have positions available for seniors to read aloud or assist parents with book selections. Many also have adult literacy programs that need volunteers to provide tutoring services to adults learning to read for the first time.

Schools

In the public school system, there can never be too many eyes watching the children. Today, many public schools actively seek seniors who have time available to support the younger members of their society. Your loved one can volunteer to supervise outdoor time along with arrivals and departures, and he or she can also help with tutoring at-risk students after school.

Hospitals

Helping others during a difficult time can be a rewarding experience for your loved one. Many hospitals need volunteers to staff waiting rooms, answer phone calls, and assist other seniors and their Prescott caregivers with finding their way around an unfamiliar hospital. If your loved one prefers to provide emotional support, he or she can also find volunteer programs designed to cheer up people in the hospital with daily or weekly visits.

Even an independent senior may still need occasional help with certain tasks around the house. If your loved one needs part-time assistance and you are not always available to help, consider Prescott hourly care from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist your loved one with many daily tasks, including light housekeeping, healthy meal prep, grooming, and much more. Our care plans are customizable to best suit your loved one’s needs, and all of our services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers to schedule a free consultation.