Elder Care Volunteering
Providing appropriate and sufficient care for people as they age can be a challenge in any society. However, as a result of limited resources, many developing countries place elder care fairly low on their list of priorities. As such, many people in the later stages of their lives simply do not have access to the care and support that they require.
Several organizations have formed to help provide these services. However, funding for these types of programs is limited and often difficult to find. This means that there is a significant reliance on volunteer support. Volunteers can assist with providing personal support in both home care and institutional settings.
Elder care volunteering positions range from providing direct support to assisting with program development, administration and fundraising. As such, there are placements that are appropriate for volunteers with little to any experience and other placements where someone with a background in elder care and personal support work can assist in the development of programming and administrative systems.