This time of year, I’m always reminded of the need to visit the homebound. The elderly homebound are one of the most forgotten segments of the population. Many sit at home day after day with little or no interaction with the outside world.
What a blessing, what a treat it is for them when someone stops by to check on them. To chat with them. To see how they are doing. To see if they need anything. Just a simple little courtesy call that might not seem like much to you now, but to them it means the world. So many of our homebound elderly quietly suffer loneliness day after day, month after month, year after year. A simple visit from someone like you will brighten their day in a way they probably won’t even be able to convey.
Whether you believe in reaping what you sow, karma, or whatever, the fact remains: most of you will get old someday and you may just live alone. Do you want to live like that? There’s an old saying that goes “You need three things in life to be happy: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to”. By visiting and caring for the homebound elderly, you can take care of two of those three, and maybe when the time comes for you to be in their shoes, someone will visit and care for you.
So think about it. Are there some elderly folks in your neighborhood that live alone? How about in your surrounding neighborhoods? Make a point to go visit them. Check on them. Show them they are loved. It may be the greatest Christmas present you can give this holiday season!