Your Guide to Building Connections as a Papa Pal

As a Papa Pal, you’re a bright light in the lives of the older adults that you care for. Learn how to make an impact through the power of connection.

A caregiver connecting with a senior by playing games.

 As a Papa Pal Companion Caregiver, you’re a bright light in the life of your senior.

Often, help is requested for an elderly parent or loved one who needs assistance with transportation, daily activities, or just an amazing social experience.

Companions are also a source of socialization, which is important for a senior’s well-being. As people age, they can begin to feel isolated, and non-medical companionship caregiving jobs allow you to provide trusted companionship to someone in need.

By connecting with someone as a Papa Pal, you will enrich the experience for both of you. For you, it’s a rewarding job. And for the Papa member, it can be a high point in their day.

Five ways to connect with your Papa member

If you’re working as a Papa Pal, you can offer the best support by making a connection with your senior.

And you can accomplish it in the following five ways:

Just chat

Once you do, try to find topics you have in common. Then talk about those.

It helps to be a good listener during your conversations—this will make it easier to discover your senior’s topics of interest.

Share information about yourself

Maybe you recently went on a trip and took pictures, or you’re artistic and recently created something beautiful.

Bringing an item as a “show and tell” to your senior visit can help to spark conversation.

It will also help you and your senior get to know each other.

Ask your senior about their interests

Seems pretty easy, right? Then, look for activities your senior might find interesting.

This could include games, puzzles, movies, books, magazines, outdoor activities, exercises, recipes, etc.

Come up with an option or two, and bring it along on your next visit.

Swap stories

One of the greatest pastimes in life is storytelling. Your elderly companion may love to tell stories and not often have someone to tell them to.

Your visit can be a welcome opportunity for your care companion to open up and share.

And don’t be afraid to tell a story or two of your own.

Check with your senior’s family

If you’re having a difficult time getting your senior to open up, it can help to get in touch with their family and simply ask what their interests are.

Then, brainstorm a few ideas for activities or conversation starters, and bring them with you the next time you see your senior.

Looking for a position as a Papa Pal companion caregiver?

If you’re looking to work with older adults and give back to the community, consider becoming a Papa Pal.

Sign-up today to start your journey as a Papa Pal!