Retirement homes are a vitally important factor in today’s society. They allow us to live peacefully with an eased mind that isn’t worrying about our elderly loved ones every second of every day. Also, they give us a brighter future to look forward to as we grow older.
Naturally, our local retirement homes may just be the ones caring for us one day, therefore it’s only natural to desire to care for them today. Well, today we will be talking about four easy ways to help the local retirement homes near you.
1. Give Gifts!
It’s a widely known fact that both living and working in a retirement home can be a difficult way of life. The staff, especially, deserve a large amount of respect and gratitude for their service to our elders, yet they tend to get overlooked sometimes. A gracious gesture would be to drop by your local retirement home with some candy, snacks, or flowers to display at the front desk. As for the elders, life can be just as stressing for them, so asking the staff for a list of approved gifts for the seniors to enjoy would be a great idea if you find yourself in a generous mood.
If you ever find yourself with free time and have a sense that you are lacking any feelings of wholesomeness in your life, you can always volunteer at your local retirement home. Simply call the retirement home of your choice, perhaps one that you pass daily or maybe one that a loved one resides in, and ask them how to go about volunteering.
Whether you are assisting the caregivers in their day to day routine, helping with desk work such as filing or taking calls, or even just helping out during an event like bingo night, there will probably be plenty for you to invest your time into!
Retirement homes can be increasingly expensive. Between feeding all of the seniors, paying the staff, to purchasing creature comforts, bills, and a few hundred other expenses, it’s safe to say that most retirement homes will take all the assistance they can get. Now, I don’t mean that you should go out and donate a sum of money so significant that you will get your name emblazoned above the door, of course. However, you can buy plenty of smaller things that are sure to be needed.
Anything from magazines, large print books or even audio books and CDs to things like DVDs, craft supplies, clothing, or even board games can be a well appreciated donation. It may be beneficial to ask the staff for a list of approved donations filled with things that the retirement home needs most. It’s a fairly easy way to make someone’s day a bit better.
4. Visit the Elders!
Sure, this could be classified under the volunteering point, but I thought that it was such an important way to help out a retirement home that I gave it a special place on the list. Honestly, nothing can make a senior’s day more than a visitor. Just having someone to chat with, maybe play a few games, or even watch a bit of television with can turn a standard day into a magnificent one.
Ultimately, if you are a bright, beautiful social butterfly, bursting with enthusiasm and have a bit of time to kill, visiting an elder can be a perfect way to spend an afternoon or day off, and may give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes along all too rarely these days. Simply ask the staff when you can visit and then you’re good to go!
When it comes to retirement homes, there dozens of ways that you can help out anytime. From the smallest of gifts to be given, to the longest of days spent volunteering, it all matters to someone, and that someone may just be immensely grateful to you for your generosity. In the end, a little generosity these days can do us all some good, right?