One of these volunteers is Elaine, who runs pamper sessions for the ladies at Seasons Waterford West.
Elaine has been volunteering at the community for three-and-a-half years and her own mother was also a resident until passing away just recently.
“I exfoliate the girls’ hands – I like to call them the girls – and then I massage their hands with a nice carrier oil and either lavender or geranium and it just makes them feel really nice. We have lots of laughs, tell a few jokes, sing a few songs and just have a nice time,” says Elaine.
Elaine says that she gets as much out of her volunteering role as the residents do.
“I like it because when you’re there with the girls they tell fabulous stories about where they used to live and what happened to them and it’s just lovely to hear those stories.
“It’s just the satisfaction of helping people, knowing that we have a few laughs and laughter is just wonderful – it’s very satisfying.
Being a volunteer is something that Elaine has done throughout her life in different ways.
“I’m a people person and I’ve actually been volunteering for well over 50 years actually, with our girls at kindergarten and at church serving drinks so I’ve been volunteering for quite a while.”
In Seasons communities, the role of volunteers is a varied and important one with volunteers running a range of lifestyle activities, spending time with residents and sharing stories over a cup of tea.