With ever increasing life expectancy, we have a society that is rapidly ageing. The number of people in the UK over the age of 80 is expected to increase by over 50% in the next decade. This means there are a large number of elderly people around the country that could benefit from a few hours of your time, either in their own home, in care homes or in hospitals.
Whether you keep an elderly person company for an hour or two, or help them with daily tasks like cooking and cleaning, you will be significantly improving their quality of life. As much as they will benefit from your care and attention, there is much to be gained from spending time with individuals that have lived long and interesting lives.
The route you take to volunteer with the elderly is up to you. Age-related charities regularly advertise for volunteers but there are also roles available in hospitals and care homes – its best to get in touch with your local ones and ask. There are also behind the scenes roles available with age-related charities such as shop work and administrative support if you don’t wish to get so emotionally involved.
It is likely that you will need to undergo a DBS or disclosure check before you begin volunteering with the elderly, to find out whether you have any previous criminal offences. But, the cost of this is usually covered by whoever is employing you as a volunteer.
What sort of roles are available?
Roles working directly with elderly people