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 or other dementia.
Volunteer companions are matched with a person with the disease and visit once a week, 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 Caregiver||-Assists in keeping the family member at home longer
-Provides a needed break from caregiving responsibilities
-Provides peace of mind knowing their family member is being cared for, and enjoying themselves
|The Person with Dementia||- Reduces isolation
- Provides meaningful activity & social interaction
- Assists in maintaining current skills
- Fosters a sense of pride and respect in themselves
- Provides a new friend to share interests, time & companionship
|The Volunteer||- Provides a new friendship the improves the quality of life for the person with dementia
- Develops a sense of achievement, a feeling of giving back, and belonging
- Provides an opportunity for personal growth, skill development, social interaction & community relationships
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.
A Vulnerable Sector Check is required to be accepted as a Just For You 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 519-482-1482/1-800-561-5012 or [email protected].
Interested volunteers can also fill out the online application form and return it to Erin Dale.
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