Volunteering with the Elderly

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Just about two months ago, Reagan and I started volunteering together.  You may think that 8 months old is too young to start volunteering, but I say we are never too young to learn “selfforgetfulness.”

I have dedicated one lunchtime per week to “hanging with the ladies” at the nursing home right next to where I live.  Often, I’m not too excited about going, but I am ALWAYS so glad that we went.

Here’s a little peek into our latest trip:

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Hey! I’m so encouraged. I’ve been wanting to do something like this with C. I know this is such a silly question. But I’ll ask it because it’s what I’m worried about. Are you worried that R will get sick from one of them?

    • Haha – it’s not a sillyquestion… although I was worried she’d get them sick! Most of the folks in this nursing home are recovering from surgery or mostly just need help getting around. If they do have a contagious something then there is a note on their door and their door is usually closed.

      Oh, and they had me get a TB test in order to volunteer (so they are conerned with the health of the residents). (They also did a background check on me.)

      Otherwise, I don’t see much of a difference in having her hang around these folks (from a germ-sharing perspective) from putting her in the nursery at church or at a playgroup. At least here she’s not putting things in her mouth that the residents have been sucking on. (Which is usually the case when babies play together.)

      Plus, they don’t hold her. (Not that I don’t want them to.) They might touch her hand or foot, but they are too frail to hold her. And they usually have an oxygen tank that she would totally pull off if she was being held.

  2. Hey! I’m so encouraged. I’ve been wanting to do something like this with C. I know this is such a silly question. But I’ll ask it because it’s what I’m worried about. Are you worried that R will get sick from one of them?

    • Haha – it’s not a sillyquestion… although I was worried she’d get them sick! Most of the folks in this nursing home are recovering from surgery or mostly just need help getting around. If they do have a contagious something then there is a note on their door and their door is usually closed.

      Oh, and they had me get a TB test in order to volunteer (so they are conerned with the health of the residents). (They also did a background check on me.)

      Otherwise, I don’t see much of a difference in having her hang around these folks (from a germ-sharing perspective) from putting her in the nursery at church or at a playgroup. At least here she’s not putting things in her mouth that the residents have been sucking on. (Which is usually the case when babies play together.)

      Plus, they don’t hold her. (Not that I don’t want them to.) They might touch her hand or foot, but they are too frail to hold her. And they usually have an oxygen tank that she would totally pull off if she was being held.

  3. This is such a great idea! Maybe I will try that with my son! My grandma had to be placed in a nursing home before she passed away and she enjoyed whenever we would come visit her or take her out to visit with us. I feel so bad for the elderly people that just get left there and no one goes to visit with them. It’s almost like a jail cell for them because they cant go anywhere if family doesnt come for you. 🙁

    • I know… it is depressing. And think about it… even if they have a visitor come everyday and stay for one hour, there are still plenty of hours in the day that can get lonely.

      And, I have been surprised that the residents don’t really talk to one another.

      Children certainly brighten their day!

  4. This is such a great idea! Maybe I will try that with my son! My grandma had to be placed in a nursing home before she passed away and she enjoyed whenever we would come visit her or take her out to visit with us. I feel so bad for the elderly people that just get left there and no one goes to visit with them. It’s almost like a jail cell for them because they cant go anywhere if family doesnt come for you. 🙁

    • I know… it is depressing. And think about it… even if they have a visitor come everyday and stay for one hour, there are still plenty of hours in the day that can get lonely.

      And, I have been surprised that the residents don’t really talk to one another.

      Children certainly brighten their day!

  5. This is great! I’m so encouraged to know about your volunteer work. If you’re interested, it I’d love to feature a guest post from you about the way the experience evolves for you.

    • Thanks Jessica! That is so sweet of you! I’d love to guest write about this wonderful experience. Please shoot me an e-mail joy (at) scottsdalemomsblog (dot) com

      Thanks for reading!

  6. This is great! I’m so encouraged to know about your volunteer work. If you’re interested, it I’d love to feature a guest post from you about the way the experience evolves for you.

    • Thanks Jessica! That is so sweet of you! I’d love to guest write about this wonderful experience. Please shoot me an e-mail joy (at) scottsdalemomsblog (dot) com

      Thanks for reading!

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