Memory Visiting Volunteer
(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)
|Comments||One 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!!|
|Contact||Joanne 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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Duties||You 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 Link||https://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
|Clients||Seniors and adults experiencing memory challenges due to any diagnosis/reason. |
(brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's, dementia such as Alzheimer's, etc)
|Ages||18 year(s) and up|
|Suitable for OSSD||Yes|
|Suitable For||Adults (18+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a hearing impairment ; Newcomers / English as a second language|
|Areas of Interest||Advocacy ; Arts & Crafts ; Community Outreach ; Friend / Penpal ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Music & Performing Arts ; Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Recreation & Sports ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled|
|Skills/Experience||Communication & 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 Length||Medium 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 Level||One-on-one ; Small Group - can enrol in small groups with client|
|Minimum Hours||1 / Week|
|Dates and Times||Monday: 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.
|Accessibility||Unknown ; 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.|
|Location||Client's home apartment, supported living or retirement home (Oakville, Burlington, North Halton)|
|Number of Positions||Acton: 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.
|Training||Orientation - 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.|
|Transportation||Near 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.|
|Additional Requirements||Second language is always an asset|
|Start Date||On or after 12 Sep 2017|
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|Organization Name||Acclaim Health, Community Support Services|
|Toll Free Phone||1-800-387-7127|
|Address & Map|
2370 Speers Rd
Oakville, ON L6L 5M2