Palmer said Iriart-Rose was an excellent candidate to become the program’s first volunteer caregiver.
“Carol is a perfect example of a volunteer caregiver,” he said. “She is easy to talk to with, very sympathetic, puts others before herself and has been very flexible with her schedule.”
The Tucker family is very happy to have Iriart-Rose as a weekly visitor.
“Carol has been great,” said Smith. “She’s just so very pleasant and a happy person. She fits right in. She’s just been a good person to come do this.”
Smith said the free program is a blessing for her family.
“Otherwise, we’d be paying out-of-pocket for somebody to come or we would be looking for an agency,” said Smith. “I haven’t been able to find anything that helps in that way, so it’s been really a great thing for us.”
Iriart-Rose, who is also an Army veteran and served from 1957-1958, said she enjoys volunteering and encourages other to donate their time as a volunteer caregiver.
“What you get back is much more than what you give,” said Iriart-Rose. “My father always taught me that we give back, always leave a soft footprint and live by the Golden Rule to help others. Everybody is going to need it sometime.”
The volunteer will visit the homebound veteran once or twice a week for a few hours and will interact with the veteran by playing games, working on craft projects, listening to music, reading aloud, watching movies and many other activities depending on the veteran’s condition.
Interested volunteers must be 18 years of age and will need to complete caregiver support training.
If you are interested in serving a veteran as a volunteer caregiver, contact Kellen Palmer at (918) 577-3236.