Elderly benefit from home visits

Elderly benefit from home visits

The Community Visitors Scheme has been operating in aged-care homes around the country for more than 21 years, providing regular social visits to those who rarely get one.

Ms Wilson has seven children living in England, Canada, New Zealand, Brisbane, Sydney and Christmas Island.

Before she was introduced to volunteer Toni Russell, she had very few visitors.

Now, Ms Wilson looks forward to her visits from Ms Russell where their time is spent chatting, reminiscing and going for walks.

Ms Russell said she also benefitted from the visits.

‘May reminds me of my mum in certain ways, so it’s really quite lovely visiting her because my mum passed away nearly five years ago and we had a very special relationship,’ she said.

‘I look forward to it.

‘I just hope that as a volunteer you’re bringing a little bit of joy and pleasure to people who perhaps don’t have a lot of visitors.’

Red Cross community care services manager Bev Wilkin said volunteers were needed to visit people in their own homes as well as one-on-one visits to those living in aged care facilities.

‘We need volunteers right across metropolitan and regional locations,’ Mrs Wilkin said. ‘Regular visits by volunteers enhance the quality of life for isolated elderly people through companionship and friendship.’

Volunteers commit to visiting for at least a year, usually every week or fortnight.

‘The visits can involve anything from sharing a cup of tea, reading together, playing a board game or simply having a chat and a laugh,’ Mrs Wilkin said.

Additional Federal Government funding has allowed the service to expand to more than 240 new people in Western Australia in need of a visitor.