Author: Age NI
Published on 24 May 2015 02:00 PM
'A lady I visited recently has literacy difficulties and although she has family, they live far away and are hearing impaired. We will help this lady with letter writing. She talks and our My Life My Way volunteer writes for her. That way she can stay in touch with people.
That’s what My Life My Way is all about - making small, positive changes like this that will support people to live well, to feel less isolated and to stay connected to family, friends and the wider community.
My main goal is to match the right volunteer to the right older person who will support them to live life their way. The skills, experience, interests and availability of every volunteer is matched according to the individual needs of the older person and their carers. For example, some people might need companionship during the day when they feel most vulnerable and alone because their loved one’s at work or a carer needs a break. Others prefer support at the weekend. It’s amazing the difference an hour or two can make to a person’s mood and confidence.
The service is just as important to family and carers as it is to the older person as they’re reassured that their volunteer is another trusted person at the end of the phone who they can turn to for help and support.'
Emma Taylor is a Community Navigator for the Age NI My Life My Way dementia project.