It’s easy for people with health issues to get too focused on their own challenges and forget that others around them are also in need of some compassion and support. Many family caregivers point out to their aging loved ones that there are plenty of ways to serve. Not only does it boost an aging adult’s self-esteem, but it helps to put their own problems into perspective. Elderly adults, who often have a lot of time on their hands and help from home care providers, are in a unique position to be able to do a lot of nice things for other people in their family, their neighborhood and their community.
Here are 5 nice things that seniors and their family caregivers can do for others:
1. Bake and deliver cookies: Just about everyone loves cookies, and sometimes the simple gesture can make someone’s day. Seniors can make their favorites with help from home care providers and decide on the lucky recipient. It could be a neighbor, community leader, or the local fire or police station. Other possible recipients include women’s shelter staff, emergency room staff or the aging adult’s favorite doctor or nurse.
2. Write letters: Many aging adults come from an era where letter writing was almost an art form. Today, there are many people who would still love to receive a nice letter or card from someone. Seniors could pen nice letters to far-away family members or friends. They could also write to local teachers, government officials, volunteer workers and others to compliment them on a job well done. Also, there are many letter-writing campaigns that focus on active duty service members that seniors could join. Family caregivers and home care providers can help seniors find the right group.
3. Pick up the tab: One simple gesture that can be quite meaningful is to pick up someone’s tab by surprise. Many people do this when they are in line for coffee or at a café or restaurant. Seniors with a little income to spare can surprise strangers by picking up their tab and remaining anonymous. Some examples that have made the news in the past include coffee drive-throughs, families with small children at restaurants, people with layaway gifts, and school lunch money funds.
4. Knit, sew or tie for charity: Many seniors want something to do with their hands while they sit at home, so they should consider participating in some of the many charity groups that provide hats and blankets for others. Popular choices include knitting hats for children with cancer, tying blankets for babies in intensive care units, and sewing various things for different groups. Seniors with talent in these areas can really shine.
5. Volunteer: There are numerous charities within a short drive of anyone’s location, and they are usually desperate for people to volunteer. After arranging with family caregivers and home care providers, seniors can volunteer at the charity of their choice one a week or a few times per month. There, they’ll find a lot of good uses for their time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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