Community Visitors Scheme

Community Visitors Scheme


– Yes, at times I’ve cried. I miss my wife a hell of a lot. She died eight years ago
but I’ve often cried. Yes, I’ll admit that. It’s very lonely, after 62 years. – For older people, we
know that loneliness is quite detrimental to
anybody’s well-being. And an older person
really should be connected with the community as much as possible. – I’ve been a CVS volunteer
for approximately three years and I visit a 97-year-old
man, Donald Jeffcoate. – Yes sir, I appreciate him so much. And he’s got a happy knack of… If it look’s like laggin’. He’ll bring up something,
and the next minute you know, he’s got you talking. And then he joins in And so on, and so on and we find
that two hours is…oh dear… It goes by very quickly. – We’re able to indulge in
conversation about a lot of things: politics, sport,
family life, friends. And of course, I’m
fascinated by the fact that he lived in Sydney at a
time when the Sydney Harbour Bridge was being built. To me that is a history
that very few people are still alive to tell about. – We cover a tremendous amount of ground. – I think it’s vital for
people to have visitors. Because they will gain
so much from the visitor, from that conversation. Not just from the exchange of conversation that you’re having right there and then. They know that they are
not going to be spending days, weeks, months, on their
own in this nursing home. As much as they may like
it in the nursing home. And I think the majority of people do feel safe and secure. But it’s vital for them to get that input from the outside world. – I guess it makes my heart sing. There’s something about it. The simplest thing of
bringing two people together. I had a gentleman that was visiting a fellow with dementia
and he would take him for a drive and he didn’t
know the background of this gentleman with dementia. And his memory was at that stage where he couldn’t relay his past
history or work life. But the volunteer would take him to Bunnings and they would go around with a shopping trolley and they’d look at all the different tools and put things
in the shopping trolley. And then they’d go and
put things back again. So it was a lovely outing. That was just a beautiful thing to do. – The emotions I get from giving back to the community, is one of self-fulfilment. And, to a certain extent, pride. I’m particularly proud of the relationship that I’ve been able to
build up with Donald here at Bluewave, because it just gives me so much pleasure to come here, and be able to converse with him. And to gain his confidence. To have some lovely long conversations. And to see him smile. – When Mike comes to visit. There’s that many things. And I find myself talking,
not knowing that he’s goading me on. And then I’ll say, “Oh, you bludger. “You’re a professional,
you’re good.” (chuckle) He said, “That’s what I’m here for.” Yeah.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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