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How can I find a volunteer to visit with my mom?

My elderly mom has early onset dementia. She lives with my dad and my brother and I live far out of state. My dad is not great about talking with my mom and spending quality time with her although he does read to her sometimes. I visit when I can but that it only every few months at best. I'm worried that she does not have enough social interactions and that this isolation will increase her decline. She has a bad hip so it's hard for her to walk and my dad does not arrange social outings for them. Does anyone know of an organization that would provide a kind volunteer to visit her once a week or so to talk -- maybe look at old photos, color, read, do a puzzle, etc.? Thanks so much for any help!
Status: Open    May 10, 2016 - 11:11 AM

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May 17, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Check with a county senior services network to find a resource. In our county, there is at least one non-profit that will provide this service for free.

May 17, 2016 - 01:13 PM

Most states or counties have a Department of Aging or similar agency. They will have links and information on a variety of services for older adults.
You can also find helpful information on the National Council on Aging website, NCOA.

May 18, 2016 - 08:17 AM

One option would be to contact one or more local churches to see if they have a homebound program. I have found that many churches will help with these types of matters, even if the person in need is not a church member (at least one would hope they would). Good luck.

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May 17, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Check with a county senior services network to find a resource. In our county, there is at least one non-profit that will provide this service for free.
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