If you are interested in becoming a Friendly Visitor, our volunteer coordinator will match you with residents of a geographically convenient nursing home and/or assisted living facility.
For more information, contact Marsha Evans, Friendly Visitor Coordinator at 214-823-5700.
Friendly Visitors Program
Sadly, the majority of nursing home residents never have visitors. As a result, the remaining years of many of our community’s elderly are spent in loneliness and isolation.
Through visitations that fit their schedules, Friendly Visitor Volunteers can make a nursing home resident feel less lonely. Friendly Visitors are placed in Dallas County nursing homes and assisted living facilities to spend time with isolated residents or assist with group activities.
Individuals and groups of all ages can be Friendly Visitor Volunteers. Volunteers under the age of 18 require adult supervision.
This program is great for groups, such as employee groups, service organizations, religious groups, civic clubs, youth groups, and school community service projects.
Examples of volunteer activities you can do include:
- Helping with activities such as bingo, arts and crafts, holiday parties, manicures
- In-room visits, reminiscing, reading
- Taking your pet to visit residents (must have permission from the facility)
Volunteer as a Group
Volunteering as a group has multiple benefits in addition to service provided to community. Whether you’re involved in a corporate team, service organization, religious group, civic club, youth group, scout troop, or a student community service project, volunteering as a group:
- Increases group pride and loyalty
- Improves member attendance, recruitment and retention
- Is a great team building exercise
Groups can volunteer through The Senior Source’s programs including RSVP and Friendly Visitors.
Other volunteer ideas for groups include:
- Plan and give a volunteer recognition for volunteers in the Foster Grandparent Program or Senior Companion Program.
- Hold a drive to purchase window air conditioners
- Collect new items for frail, low income older adults, such as socks, undergarments, nightgowns and pajamas, body lotions, kleenex and other personal care items. For our complete wish list, click here.
- Contact us to discuss your group’s idea!
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
The more than 9,000 frail elderly nursing home residents located in the Dallas area should be able to live their latter years with dignity and respect in a safe environment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Vulnerable nursing home and assisted living facility residents rely on ombudsmen to listen to their concerns, then advocate on their behalf. Ombudsmen actively impact concerns in many areas including unanswered call buttons, bedsores, roommate problems, staffing, food and unsanitary conditions.
If you are 18 years or older and have the time and concern, there’s a resident waiting for you. We never have enough volunteers to meet the needs of frail elderly in nursing homes, and you can help by becoming a volunteer ombudsman.
Ombudsmen volunteers receive certification training by ombudsman staff through:
- A total of 36 hours of training, including classroom training, home study and onsite visits.
- Completion of a 3-month internship as a Friendly Visitor in an assigned long-term care facility prior to being certified as an ombudsman by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
- Ongoing monthly training sessions.
Use the skills you’ve learned in business or in managing a home as a Money Management volunteer. The Money Management Program at The Senior Source offers several volunteer opportunities requiring anywhere from five to 40 hours per month to help frail and needy citizens in our community remain independent in their own homes as long as possible. Initial training and on-going support is provided for all volunteers. Volunteers who work with a client’s funds are insured for the protection of the client and the volunteer and to provide peace of mind and security to vulnerable seniors.
There are several types of Money Management volunteers:
- Bill Payer – Work with an elderly client to develop a basic budget; review bills; write checks; file monthly reports and notify the area manager of any needs that require additional support.
- Home Visitor – Serve as the liaison between the client and The Senior Source; visit the client in their home offering support or delivering small amounts of cash.
- Area Manager – Provide oversight for financial services to clients by monitoring volunteers’ monthly financial reports; serve as mentor and consultant to Bill Payer and Home Visitor volunteers; make home visits to clients; troubleshoot in emergency situations; report any concerns to the Money Management staff.
- Office Assistant – Enter computer data; handle general clerical duties, and support duties as assigned.
When an older adult needs help to manage personal affairs and has no family or other to serve as guardian, the courts often will appoint The Senior Source as Guardian. These clients need someone who can help ensure that their most basic needs are being met.
Guardianship Volunteers work through our Guardianship Program and play an important role in helping us serve these clients. Through regular visits, volunteers provide much needed social interaction and improve the quality of life for this very vulnerable population. Activities may include reading, reminiscing, sharing pictures and vacation memories or just sharing a meal. Guardianship Volunteers may also assist in arranging for social and health care services; making medical decisions as needed; and ensuring that the client resides in appropriate housing.
Individuals 21 years or older who have the time and interest can become a Guardianship Volunteers. No special skills are required outside of a genuine concern and compassion to enhance the quality of life for an older adult. Volunteers receive three hours initial and further on-going training. Staff support is available around the clock.
As a Guardianship Volunteer, you can make a true difference in someone’s life.