ONE of the things that the pandemic has taught us is that seniors in our community are more susceptible to being socially isolated.
Lockdowns in aged care homes occur not only during pandemics but can also occur annually, especially during flu season - sometimes for up to two weeks at a time.
Unfortunately, there are many people in aged care homes in Bathurst who regularly don't receive visitors, as many have family living far away or possibly no family at all.
The benefits of receiving a visitor are many - reducing feelings of isolation, increasing confidence and wellbeing, feeling more connected to community, keeping minds and bodies active and leading to an increase in a person's quality of life.
The Neighbourhood Centre Community Visitor Scheme helps to reduce these feelings of isolation by connecting residents with volunteers who visit for a minimum of one hour per week / fortnight.
It can be with those in an aged care home or in their own home with a Home Care Package.
Activities that can be enjoyed include having a coffee together, reading the news, sharing stories, or working on a hobby together.
Community Visitors can also become "pen pals" or send cards of encouragement to brighten someone's day.
If you're a "people person" who enjoys listening to others' stories with patience and understanding, have an hour to spare each week and would like to make a difference in someone's life, then call The Neighbourhood Centre on 6332 4866.
We'd love to hear from you!