What are friendly visits?
For seniors growing old at home, independence often comes at the price of isolation. Just like everyone, older people can take good care of themselves, but they need social support. A friendly face, a call on the phone, an occasional outing, or a ride to church can make a huge difference in someone's week. Friendly visitors are more than just an ear to listen; they can play cards or games, do puzzles, read aloud, listen to music, look at scrapbooks, and do other fun activities.
Volunteers are thoughtfully matched to a particular elder and the relationships are enduring. Volunteers who would like to do friendly visits make the commitment to visit "their" senior every week for at least an hour. Like our drivers, friendly visitors are trained, screened and insured by IVCG. Friendly visitors are present only for companionship and do not perform chores or patient care.
IVCG friendly visiting volunteers can also provide limited "respite care" for people caring for a senior with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Provided the client is stable, our friendly visitor can provide a much-needed break for the care giver to go out shopping, attend to personal business, or just get a breath of fresh air! Call the office to see if your situation would work well with our visitors and their abilities. Like our other friendly visitors, our respite caregivers commit to visiting for an hour or 90 minutes weekly.
Positive results of friendly visiting include: