The Incredible Benefits Of Being An Aged Care Volunteer

It is a sad reality that seniors living in aged care facilities tend to feel alone and removed from the world. Their isolation also leaves them feeling less confident, which can, over time, lead to depression. It makes this period of their lives more challenging than it needs to be. Luckily, the help that skilled and talented volunteers provide to the elderly can have a tremendously positive impact on their lives and can help make this phase much more enjoyable.

Here are some reasons why aged care volunteers are so important:

Make their days matter

Being an aged care volunteer, you can be involved in a wide variety of activities aimed at bringing more value to the lives of the elderly. Volunteers help with anything from driving, hairdressing, providing entertainment, to helping out with recreational activities and much more.

A volunteer doesn’t even have to take part in an activity to make a difference in the lives of the elderly. More often than not, the most important benefit a volunteer can provide is often just having a meaningful chat with someone, or taking them out for a walk. On average, the elderly often feel disconnected from the world, and having someone by their side that is happy to help them have a normal day, does wonder for their self-esteem and confidence.

Helps your skills

Taking the time to volunteer at an aged care facility not only makes a huge difference in the lives of the elderly, it can also be hugely beneficial for the volunteer.

Some of the benefits include:

  • It can help you learn a new skill, or build on existing ones
  • You can feel more connected to your community
  • Volunteers often get a sense of personal satisfaction that contributes positively in other facets of their lives
  • You can gain valuable work experience from volunteering
  • The act of volunteering can also help develop your own confidence and self-esteem
  • Meeting new people, who may have valuable life experience that may help you on your life’s journey

If you need any more information about volunteering with MACG, and what you can do to become one, don’t hesitate to contact us today!