Volunteering can be good for seniors - and you can do it with your clients from their homes.


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Volunteering can help your clients feel connected

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One of the issues many seniors deal with is a feeling of isolation, particularly if they are unwell and require 24 hour in home care. There are many ways to combat this, like providing companionship as a caregiver and ensuring family and friends continue to stop by. However, one way you may not have thought of is volunteering. Even people who are not up to leaving the house and doing work for their favorite causes can help out.

For example, Alfred "Alfie" Date, who is Australia's oldest man at 109, knits sweaters for injured penguins, according to NineMSN. When penguins were involved in an oil spill last March, they needed sweaters to keep them warm - and Date volunteered his widely known knitting skills for the task. Date also knits caps for premature babies, and speaks highly of how this work impacts his quality of life.

See whether there are opportunities in your community for your clients to put their skills to use. Perhaps they too could knit, or maybe there's a place for people who are willing to write letters or sit and listen to children going through difficult times. The possibilities are endless, and any volunteer work can help make your client feel more connected.

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