Elder’s Elves, a group of volunteers from SYNERGY HomeCare, will be hard at work this holiday, helping to hang mistletoe, searching for gift ideas, wrap presents and otherwise helping seniors tackle their holiday to-do lists.
“The holidays can be a challenging time for seniors, and many seniors can feel stressed and unhappy because they can’t get around like they used to,” says Rick Basch, President of SYNERGY HomeCare. “Their families may not live close enough to help them decorate the house or shop for gifts. Our caregivers pick up the slack for our aging friends who can’t do it on their own anymore.”
SYNERGY HomeCare is a national in-home non-medical home care provider with caregivers that work in Carlisle and reach out to Shippensburg.
Other jobs they help tackle include decorating the home, cooking holiday meals and writing and sending cards.
SYNERGY HomeCare Elders’ Elves can also help seniors become more cyber savvy by helping them shop for gifts online or connect with family through Skype, Facebook and other social media platforms. 54 percent of people over age 65 used the Internet last year to communicate with loved ones – a digital milestone according to the Pew Research Center – and it’s expected to increase.
According to a 2013 survey by the National Retail Federation, the number of seniors that purchase holiday items online has increased from 32 percent in 2009 to 44 percent this year and said this year, they plan to spend more than in previous years on gifts and other holiday supplies such as good, candy, decorations and cards.
“With more and more services being offered online, it is important that seniors feel plugged in and connected. Our qualified caregivers can help them feel more comfortable and safe when shopping on the Internet,” adds Basch. “Whether it’s help around the house for the holidays or help year-round, SYNERGY HomeCare is always ready to provide solutions for seniors in need.”