Friendly Visiting Volunteer

(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0516 Last Full Update: 14 Aug 2022
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An easy and fun volunteer opportunity!  You can support your community by visiting an isolated older adult in their home. Whether you engage in a conversation, play a game or pursue common interests, your time and company is appreciated.  Depending on the client, you may be able to take them on outings such as drives, helping with errands or out for coffee.  It's a wonderful way to brighten someone else's day.  Visits typically are once a week for 1-2 hours.

COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

ContactTanya Peche-Hopley, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Acclaim Health; Phone: 905-827-8800 ext 22329; Email: tpeche-hopley@acclaimhealth.ca
Duties

Volunteers always needed for lonely, isolated older adults. 
One visit per week can bring a lonely older adults a huge sense of worth and happiness. Those who are isolated, often find their recall of daily details is frosted over. A little social contact can melt that ice and bring warmth to you both. 
 
Visits are weekly for as little as one-hour 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 such as coffee, shopping, attend an art show, live music, 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.  
 
Your visit helps maintain and encourage the client's confidence and independence.  
 
We are following the proper precautions for COVID as per government requirements

More Info Linkhttps://acclaimhealth.ca/volunteer/friendly-visiting-volunteer/
Benefits- Great practical experience for a resume  
- Networking and community support information  
- Ongoing support from your Care Manager  
- Free Educational seminars  
- Volunteer appreciation events
ClientsOlder adults who are socially isolated.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit HoursNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language
Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Event Coordination & Support ; Friend / Penpal ; Games ; Gardening / Yard Work ; Music & Performing Arts ; Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Reading / Literacy ; Recreation & Sports ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled ; Translation / Languages / Interpretation
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Translation & Languages ; Respect confidentiality. Want to make life better through a friendly connection. Genuinely interested in seniors.
Commitment LengthLong Term - We ask for a minimum of 1 year commitment ; We ask you to assume an ongoing commitment, upon completion of your orientation, for a minimum of one year.  
We are very understanding and accommodating of vacations/ holidays, 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
Minimum Hours1 / Week
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown ; Our office is accessible.  
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. 
 
COVID-19 Precautions: 
Current safety precautions are being followed carefully. Acclaimm Health follow all current and up to date government regulations. 
Two vaccinations are currently required
LocationClient's home in Halton
Number of PositionsActon: 5 individual(s) ; Burlington: 5 individual(s) ; Georgetown: 5 individual(s) ; Milton: 10 individual(s) ; Oakville: 10 individual(s) 
 
35 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided - Specific client needs and best practices reviewed before introduction. ; Scheduled training ; Training on-going - Free seminars and support/training as needed while with client.
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required - Not required to take client out, but if comfortable then it is an option.
CostCost of Vulnerable Sector Search is not covered.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsInterview, two suitable references, Vulnerable Sector Screening, proof of COVID vaccination
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
 
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