Memory Visiting Volunteer

(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0113 Last Full Update: 27 Jun 2017
Opportunity Details
CommentsOne visit a week can bring a lonely Senior a huge sense of worth and happiness. Seniors who are isolated, often find their recall of daily details are frosted over. A little social contact can melt that ice and bring warmth to you and your new Senior friend. Talk to me today to find out how much of a difference even 1 hour per week can mean. Become someones MVP today!!
ContactJoanne Berrigan, Memory Visiting Program (MVP) Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: Oakville: 905-827-8800 ext 2317 * Burlington: 905-827-8800 ext 2314 * North Halton: 905-827-8800 ext 2318; Email: jberrigan@acclaimhealth.ca
DutiesYou can provide sunshine by making a new friend with a client who is still very social, friendly and happy to see you but is experiencing challenges with their memory. Many are still very physically able bodied. 
 
Visits can be weekly or every 2 weeks for as little as one hour total time commitment for an in home visit or a couple of hours if you care to take them to an activity in which you share an interest (coffee & shopping, an art show, live music, shopping, bowling or even for a walk by the lake) . By volunteering you may also be providing some much-needed support to a caregiver or family member simply by visiting one of our wonderful clients.
More Info Linkhttps://www.acclaimhealth.ca/menu-services/volunteer-visiting/memory-visiting-2/
Benefits- Free Dementia Training program available with certificate upon completion (2 levels, 2 certificates, 3 hours, one day per week over 6 weeks). 
- Insights about how easy it is interacting with someone who has specific health and/or cognitive challenges  
- Great practical experience for a resume 
- Networking and community support information 
- Ongoing support from your Program Coordinator 
- Volunteer lunch, Strawberry Social with clients & free seminars
ClientsSeniors and adults experiencing memory challenges due to any diagnosis/reason. 
(brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's, dementia such as Alzheimer's, etc)
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a hearing impairment ; Newcomers / English as a second language
Areas of InterestAdvocacy ; Arts & Crafts ; Community Outreach ; Friend / Penpal ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Music & Performing Arts ; Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Recreation & Sports ; Senior's Activity Support ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills - Coordinator is always available for support ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support - Support provides independence ; Creativity - You decide what you would like to do in this role ; Dependability & Trustworthiness - Set a schedule or keep it flexible - you tell us ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing - Gregarious or low key, chatty or introspective listeners welcome ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently - A very independent position, 1:1 matches or 1:2 matches ; Translation & Languages - must be proficient in English but second languages very welcome ; Willing to keep open communication ; Relate easily to others.  
Respectful of confidentiality. Want to make life better through a friendly connection.  
Genuinely interested in seniors who are challenged. Dependable.  
Willing to be a MVP. :)
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) - minimum 6 months ; Long Term ; We ask that you assume an ongoing commitment, upon completion of your orientation. We are very understanding and accommodating of vacations/holidays, exam periods for students, personal and sick time but no one wants to make a friend only to have them leave within a month or two. Matches are always flexible and will be changed if not a good fit for you.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group - can enrol in small groups with client
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon 
 
We'll work with you and your schedule to ensure you have the best volunteer experience possible! 
We do occasionally get clients who would enjoy an evening visit - most are tired by then. We have some clients who welcome a weekend visit but if they have family this is often when they come to support the Senior.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown ; Some client homes are accessible for volunteers with a wheelchair/walker. Most client residences are accessible by public transit or your own mode of transportation.
LocationClient's home apartment, supported living or retirement home (Oakville, Burlington, North Halton)
Number of PositionsActon: 10 individual(s) ; Burlington: 20 individual(s) ; Georgetown: 10 individual(s) ; Milton: 10 individual(s) ; Oakville: 10 individual(s) 
 
60 individual(s) needed in total. 
 
This volunteer position is ideal for anyone entering the health field - giving practical, safe, fun experience supporting persons with various challenges. No experience required just genuine care for people and open & ongoing communication.
TrainingOrientation - Group orientation regularly scheduled ; Training is provided - Specific client needs & best practices reviewed before introduction ; Training on-going - free seminars and support/training as needed while with client ; Dementia Training provided free of charge. Certificate upon completion. Seminar series offered twice a year free. Ongoing support from Coordinator.
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required - not required to take client out, but if comfortable then is an option ; We match according to your convenience of location.
CostFree
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsSecond language is always an asset
Start DateOn or after 12 Sep 2017
Agency Details
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Organization NameAcclaim Health, Community Support Services
Office Phone905-827-8800
Toll Free Phone1-800-387-7127
Fax905-827-3390
E-Mailgeneralinquiries@acclaimhealth.ca
Websitewww.acclaimhealth.ca
Address & Map
2370 Speers Rd
Oakville, ON L6L 5M2