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How Can You Encourage Your Loved One to Volunteer in the Community?

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Volunteering can be one of the most beneficial activities that your aging parent can participate in as they age in place. Participating in volunteer opportunities can enhance your parent’s life, support better mental and emotional health, increase physical activity, and help them to feel more engaged and important in the community around them. As their family caregiver you can make a tremendous difference in their lives by helping them to find and invest in their volunteer opportunities in a way that is meaningful and impactful to their lives.

Use these tips to help you encourage your loved one to volunteer in the community and enhance their lives through this involvement:

• Help them find an opportunity. Talk to them about their passions and interests, and help them to find an opportunity in the community that speaks to these interests. There are many volunteer opportunities available, and for the most part anything that your loved one is interested in doing, there is something meaningful that they can do.

• Talk to them about it. Get them more excited about their volunteering by asking them about it. Have them tell you about what they are doing, what it means to them, and what they want to accomplish with it. This can help them to feel even more passionate about what they are doing and get more invested,.

• Participate with them. Get involved with what your loved one is doing by actually volunteering with them. This is a great way for you to be involved with the community as well, and to make memories with your parent that you can treasure well into the future.

Starting senior care for your elderly loved one can be one of the most compassionate, nurturing, and effective decisions that you can make for them during the course of your care journey with them. Regardless of the level of care that your aging parent needs, a senior home care services provider can create a highly personalized set of services designed specifically to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that is right for them. This means that your parent can continue to pursue the active, independent, and fulfilling lifestyle that they desire and deserve, while also staying safe, healthy, and comfortable. Their customized schedule means that your parent will have the care, support, and assistance that they need, when they need it, and that you can stay at the forefront of their care arrangement. As their family caregiver this can give you confidence that whether your parent only needs periodic assistance and support, or ongoing care 24 hours a day, they will have everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not. One way that a senior care provider can help your loved one enhance their quality of life and enjoy a more active, engaged lifestyle as they age in place is to encourage them to volunteer. This care provider can help your loved one find opportunities that are meaningful to them, and then support them in following through with these opportunities by providing reliable and safe transportation, giving companionship and emotional encouragement, and even going along with them to make volunteering a more social and enriching experience.

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If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Lawrenceville, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.