Mental Health America of Fredericksburg runs a Senior Visitors Program, which matches isolated older adults with volunteers who provide weekly, friendly visits. If you have the time and inclination to help some older area residents, click HERE for details about the Senior Visitors Program.
The Senior Visitors Program promotes independence and health for older adults — allowing them to live at home longer while staying connected to their community. The program matches socially isolated senior citizens with trained volunteers who provide weekly, home-based visits.
There is no cost to the client since this program is part of the MHAF community service mission.
Clients, usually 60+ years old, are lonely individuals in a situation that keeps them from getting out of their home or staying active in the community.
Volunteers, 18 years or older, are asked to commit 6 months of time to the program. Each week, they will visit their senior client for one hour. Some volunteers simply sit and talk; others go on an outing, do errands, visit the doctor, or find a common hobby to enjoy together.