Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources. Our volunteer program has been designed to recruit, screen, orient, train, support and evaluate willing participants in a variety of fulfilling and engaging duties. Some of these responsibilities would include:
Paid nursing staff and personal support workers (PSWs) have their hands full performing duties that fulfill the daily requirements of life in a nursing home.
Additional individualized attention from volunteers such as spending quality time just sitting with a lonely or isolated resident, holding a hand or gently reading a story or newspaper could mean the world to a resident. Playing a game of chess or listening to a resident’s favourite song together could bring a smile to their face. An even simpler activity of walking beside or wheeling a wheelchair-bound person around the facility for a "walk" to provide a change of scenery from the sameness of their room could turn an average day into a great day.
If you want to do something truly meaningful and have a few hours of time to spare on a consistent basis - we need you and they need you. As time passes, many of the residents’ relationships decline or disappear, hence consistency in relationships through our volunteers becomes very important to our residents.