One of our tasks within the EVS program is the home visits. Each visit is different, because we aren’t always with the same person, each one is a world and has a different character.
The communication with these women is very complicated due to the linguistic barrier, and it’s practically impossible to establish a conversation by our own. Therefore, we do these visits always with a local volunteer, who acts as a “translator” and facilitates much more the communication.
The functions are varied and depend on the individual needs of each person, but normally, what they need most is to talk, go out to make the purchase or take a walk (especially in people with reduced mobility), clean the house or simply take a coffee.
The profile of the women that we visit is varied. Most of the visits are made to older women, some with functional diversities, others not, but all of them share the same characteristic, loneliness.
Therefore, it is very beneficial to perform this type of intervention since it can help the person to disconnect for a while; It can also help to combat loneliness, since the time in which the visit is made feels accompanied; In addition, it can help her to share experiences with us and create a link that will help her to vent if he needs it.
Furthermore, it can improve her self-esteem, because it can descend in older people as they have problems doing things that they could do before, That’s why it’s so important to be with more people.
Besides, socializing keeps older adults active, because those benefits they get helps them feel that their lives have a purpose. When we cultivate strong relationships with others, we get a sense of fulfillment, and spending quality time with those we love reminds us why life is worthwhile.
On the other hand, frequent contact with these people, can serve to detect any symptoms about their health, whether physical or mental.
To finish, I think a small part of your time can help a lot.