Friendly Visitor

(Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Hamilton-Halton Chapter)

Position ID: V-HVC0069 Last Full Update: 27 Jun 2019
Opportunity Details
CommentsImagine being 50 years old and living in a long-term care facility, living with people who are older by decades and having very little in common with anyone.  
This is often the case for people living with Multiple Sclerosis in a long-term care (LTC) home. This is the reason we created the Friendly Visiting Program that matches a volunteer with an individual living with MS in a LTC residence
ContactKelley Comely, Programs & Services Coordinator, MS Society of Canada, Hamilton-Halton Chapter; Phone: 905-527-7874 ext 3503 * 1-800-268-7582 ext 3503; Email:
DutiesA Friendly Visitor is someone who will visit weekly/bi-weekly to spend time with the individual they are matched with. This is a social and recreational visit, talking, reading a book together, playing games/cards, grabbing a coffee/drink and sitting outside or even just watching tv or a movie together.  
Often times living in a Long Term Care (LTC) can be lonely, many of the individuals living with MS in LTC can often be more isolated because of the age difference and interests compared to the other residents.  
If you have a spare few hours a month, you can really make a difference in someone's life.  
Must be over 18 years old to complete Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Check screening requirements
BenefitsMany individuals living with MS in LTC homes are younger than the average population. You will help these individuals decrease feelings of isolation and help improve their quality of life.
ClientsAge ranges from mid-30s to seniors
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a hearing impairment ; Persons with a mental disability ; Persons with a physical disability ; Couples ; Families ; Community Groups ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestAdvocacy ; Arts & Crafts ; Friend / Penpal ; Games ; Health Care ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Reading / Literacy ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceConfidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently
Commitment LengthLong Term ; 1-year commitment 
Weekly or Bi-weekly meetings
Interaction LevelOne-on-one - you will be matched with 1 specific person ; Program is in Hamilton & Halton - will try to match within your community
Minimum Hours2 / Month
Dates and TimesFlexible to fit around the resident and your personal schedules.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationThe visits will be taking place in the Long-Term Care Home that your match resides in.
Number of PositionsActon ; Burlington ; Georgetown ; Hamilton ; Milton ; Oakville 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided - online modules ; Training on-going
TransportationNear public transit
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsPolice Check will be reimbursed  
Possible TB Test - to be reimbursed  
online training
Agency Details
Organization NameMultiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Hamilton-Halton Chapter