Home Care Blog | September 9, 2016
Eldercare & The Benefits of Community Engagement | Senior eldercare does not mean a senior should stay in their home. Quite to the contrary, part of the reason an individual chooses senior eldercare instead of moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility is so they can maintain their independence, freedom, and high quality of life. With that in mind, seniors want to be engaged with their community, but what does that look like?
Community engagement, in its simplest sense, is making sure that all members of a community are being involved, or engaged, in the activities of the community. Sadly, communities that do not do a very good job at this not only let down their seniors, but they deprive the community of this vast resource.
One of the best ways for seniors to engage with the community and for the community to benefit from the seniors is through non-profit organizations. The best part about non-profits is that they are the lifeblood of many communities. Second, the vast number and scope of non-profits ensure that there is something for somebody of just about any political, religious, or moral bent. In an election year, there are going to be political offices to man, phone calls to be made, mailers to send, voting stations to oversee, votes to count, etc. Schools and libraries need readers, food banks need volunteers, and so forth.
Senior eldercare personnel can help your loved one choose an activity that is right for them and help them with the transportation or other support they need to make things happen. Your senior loved one spent their lifetime accumulating knowledge and abilities, don’t let the need for a little in home care deprive the community or your loved one of their community engagement.