Volunteers wanted to cheer up the elderly

2015-10-06 06:00
A volunteer helps cuts a residentand#039;s nails at the Kensington Old Age Home and there are appeals to get more volunteers to help.

A volunteer helps cuts a residentand#039;s nails at the Kensington Old Age Home and there are appeals to get more volunteers to help.

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Kensington Old Age Home is appealing for physiotherapist and social workers that can volunteer and help with the residents at the home.

With about 90 patients at the home their wish is to have volunteers as often as possible to help cheer up and keep the residents active.

Some of them have has several strokes making it impossible to live normal lives hence the need of physiotherapist. However some because of old age and being idle they can’t move their limbs so they need help to make their muscles flexible again. Amongst the patient are those that are young and there is a need for a social worker to help them deal with what they have been through

Although the home is for the elderly they also look after those that are not so old brought in but their families because they couldn’t look after them because of the special care that they need. Some because of what they have been through they need counselling so that they can deal; with the drastic change in their lives.

To cheer up those at the home and to give them strength the home is looking for volunteers that can be there now and again to help. The home used to get volunteers but now they haven’t had any for some time affecting their health

Helen Major board memeber of the home believes that the care will allow those that are stuck on wheel chair to be able to walk around and do things for themselves. “We are appealing those that can volunteers and help with therapy and counselling at the home because we believe when they get that they will be able to do things for themselves. Some have to be in nappies because their limps are not working but if they get the necessary help they will be able to walk around and even go to the toilet for themselves.

Major says it’s extremely important to have exercise that’s why they are pleading for volunteers who can offer their expertise to help the elderly. “It really helps with the mind set. There don’t have a lot to do around here so much of the time they spend their days sitting doing nothing which really impacts badly on their health. We do try to have activities for them but that is not enough,” she added.

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