Just For You: Volunteer Companion Program
The Just For You: Volunteer Companion Program is a one-on-one visiting program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Volunteer companions are matched with a person with the disease and visit weekly or bi-weekly, during their preferred time, to provide socialization and meaningful activity to the individual. These visits give the caregiver opportunity for respite and assist them in keeping their loved one at home longer.
There are benefits for individuals involved in all aspects of the program:
|The Person with Dementia||
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County will assist caregivers, clients, and volunteers throughout all aspects of the program. We are available at any time for questions or assistance and will maintain contact with the volunteer and family to ensure the visits are beneficial. We will develop a visiting schedule that doesn't interfere with other responsibilities and will work with the family and volunteer to develop an activity plan.
We also offer a free, comprehensive training program for the volunteers. This is designed to teach companions more about dementia, communication strategies, and visiting tips so they feel prepared for their role as a volunteer companion.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer companion, or are a family member and would like more information contact the Alzheimer Society at 519-482-1482 or [email protected]. Interested volunteers can fill out an online application and return it to our office.
Remember - Volunteer Companions do what ordinary friends like to do!
Here are some activity ideas:
•take part in a favourite hobby
•play a game
•listen to music
•create a craft
•go out for coffee
•take a walk together