As a Papa Pal Caregiver, you’re a bright light in the life of your senior.
Elderly 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 senior care jobs allow you to provide trusted companionship to an elderly adult in need.
By connecting with your senior as a Papa Pal, you will enrich the experience for both of you. For you, it’s a rewarding job.
And for your senior, it can be a high point in their day.
Five ways to connect with your member
If you’re a nursing or healthcare student 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:
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.
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 caregiver?
If you’re looking to work with seniors, contact Papa. Our Papa Pals are young, fun and energetic college students, mainly in nursing or healthcare school.
This can include socializing, meal prep, light housework and more.
Sign-up today to start your journey as a Papa Pal!
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