In aged care facilities, volunteers may be asked to support the work that the facility does with roles such as serving coffee to residents, gardening around the premises or just chatting with residents.
“In other circumstances – for example visiting elderly residents at home – volunteers have differing roles such as delivering meals or assisting an aged person to do their shopping.
“Sometimes senior members of our communities have no family or friends visiting, and volunteers have an important role in making sure they don’t feel lonely and have someone to visit them on a regular basis.
“At times, this companionship can be life changing and can decrease anxiety and stress for a senior who may otherwise feel all alone.
“Volunteers play a vital role in providing the services and supports that truly make our communities a better place to live.”
At Time and Chance, we encourage people to look into volunteering in the aged care sector whether it is at an aged care facility, or in many other services provided for seniors, stating that volunteering isn’t only beneficial to the sector but for volunteers themselves.