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Memory Visiting Volunteer

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Make a meaningful difference in the life of someone who is experiencing early to mid-stage memory impairment due to dementia, stroke or brain injury.

You’ll provide a friendly social connection outside of the client’s normal social sphere and engage the client in activities or conversations that appeal to the client’s unique interests and abilities.  This may involve looking at family photos, going out for a walk or simply sharing coffee and conversation.

You’ll also be giving the family caregiver(s) a short break – a very important part of the support you’re providing.

Our training course is extremely thorough and includes suggested activities and strategies you can use to engage your client. Plus, our Program Coordinators are always available to support you and your client.

New this fall!  We are running a pilot project in Oakville for the Memory Visiting program.  Visits with your client will be focused on an activity or project based on the client’s interest that can be completed in a six month time frame.  Examples include: putting together a scrapbook about the client’s life; helping a client become comfortable attending a local seniors centre; engaging in a hobby together.   Our goal is to provide a meaningful experience and sense of accomplishment for both clients and volunteers.

Want to know more?  Contact Fran Savelson at 905-827-8800 x2329

 

Skills and Experience

  • Excellent active listener
  • Compassionate and caring
  • Able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Successful completion of the orientation and Memory Visiting Level 1
  • Completion of Memory Visiting Level 2 can be completed at a later date

 

Commitment

Training

One evening orientation session, plus Memory Visiting Level 1 (half day) and Memory Visiting Level 2 (half day).  See bottom of page for upcoming dates.

Apply now to be included in the next sessions.

 

Ongoing

1-2 hours per week, long term matches are ideal

 

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Clean police records check with vulnerable sector screening
  • Two references

 

Should you require accommodation during the application process, please inform Fran Savelson at 905-827-8800 x2329 so we can ensure your equal participation.

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