Friendly Visitors Improving the Lives of Home-Bound Seniors One Hour at a Time
Our Friendly Visitors Program connects trained, screened volunteers with home-bound seniors to provide:
- An opportunity to share common interests
- Good conversation
- Pursue activities or hobbies
Without the stimulation that social interaction and friendship provide, an isolated senior can experience poor health, a lack of strength and energy, feelings of loneliness and depression. A weekly visit can put a smile on a face and bring joy to the heart. Our Friendly Visitors are warm, kind individuals with an interest in meeting new people and sharing new experiences. Friendly Visiting is rewarding for both the volunteer and the senior.
I’m so pleased to report I’ve been visiting regularly with Mary on Sunday evenings after my dinner with my 89 year old Uncle who is a priest in Cur of Ars Parish in Merrick. After our dinner Father Zachary loves his carvel sherbet so we stop and pick it up for him. Mary loves her low-fat vanilla yogurt, and I always bring to her, so it works out perfectly. I love watching her enjoy the yogurt and finishing every last drop.
It seems Sunday evenings are a good time because she is in hospice, but has no aide at that time and is often alone then and welcomes the company.
I love my visits with Mary. Her stories are amazing. Her memory regarding all of her family member’s ages, schooling, careers, children’s ages and birthdays are amazing. Especially because she had 7 children and now there are many grand and great- grandchildren.
One time she took my hands in hers and said to me, ” I’m glad you’re my friend because at my age I don’t have any friends, they’re all gone!” Funny I never thought of that and that is another reason why this program is so important. The best thing is she hugs me every time and tells me she loves me. Well I love her too. You’ve matched us well and I thank you.
Have a wonderful day and many blessings for all you do.
If you or someone you care about would benefit from a weekly visit, please contact:
Jessica DiCarlo, FCA Friendly Visiting Coordinator
This program is made possible with funds from PSE&G and the Greentree Foundation.