Feb 18 Care Mission
Invite a Senior to your Home
Extend a warm welcome and some good old-fashioned hospitality to a senior.
The Facts: You know your neighbor, Mary Rose, recently lost her husband. While her family visits occasionally, her car is in the driveway a lot these days. She could be one of the many seniors that are facing loneliness or isolation, especially after the loss of a spouse.
Open your home to friends, neighbors, or relatives that may be spending a lot of time alone. Sometimes an invite is just what they need to connect with others and maintain social relationships.
Here are some tips for hosting a get-together:
Be specific. Say, “We’re having a few neighbors over on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for coffee. I’d love for you to join us.” Avoid vague invitations such as, “I’d love to have you over sometime.” Offering a specific time and date is much easier to coordinate.
Offer to pick them up. Limited mobility or access to transportation may be limiting a senior’s ability to connect with others.
Consider the time of day. Dinner plans may be tough for older adults, especially if they have trouble driving in the dark or may simply be tired. Consider inviting them earlier in the day.
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