Friendly Visiting Program

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The Friendly Visiting Program matches a person living with dementia with a trained volunteer to decrease social isolation through weekly visits.

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Only registered clients are eligible for the Friendly Visiting Program. Make a referral or call our office at 905-687-3914 to get connected today!

If you are interested in becoming a Friendly Visitor and making a difference in the life of an individual living with dementia, contact Christine Hurtubise, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at 905-687-6856 ext 544.

Program Goals

  • Provide trained volunteers to engage in meaningful activities with someone living with dementia in the community
  • Provide an opportunity for caregivers to obtain some much needed personal time
  • Decrease social isolation of individuals living with dementia in the community

Criteria

  • Individuals living with dementia in the community already connected to our Caregiver and Family Support Program or Intensive Support Program
  • An individual who demonstrates a decrease in social involvement and engagement
  • An individual withdrawing from community-based activities
  • An individual who would benefit from participating in meaningful activities

Intake & Match Process

  1. Your case counsellor completes a volunteer request form and forwards to the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs
  2. The individual with dementia is placed on a waiting list
  3. Matches are made according to length on waiting list, location, and matching the interests and preferences of the individual with dementia to the volunteer
  4. Your counsellor will contact you when a volunteer match has been selected to arrange for a first meeting with the volunteer

What to Expect

  • All volunteers will be cleared through a vulnerable sector police check and will have completed our Volunteer Training Program.
  • We ask that our volunteers spend a minimum of one hour a week with the individual living with dementia. The time and dates of the visits will be established mutually between the individual living with dementia, the caregiver, and the volunteer.
  • Friendly Visiting volunteers are not permitted to perform personal care duties or be responsible for the care of the client.
  • Friendly Visiting volunteers should not be left alone in the home with persons who would not normally be left on their own.

https://alzheimer.ca/en/niagara/We-can-help/Programs/Tele-Care

The Tele-Care program provides Friendly Visiting through phone calls with trained volunteers.

Referral Form Agency

Healthcare providers looking to refer their clients to the Alzheimer Society can complete our online referral form below. Our First Link team will connect your clients to appropriate services including education and counselling.

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Client Support Services: Outreach

Our Client Support Outreach Services offer individualized support and education by case counsellors with expertise in dementia, most of whom are regulated healthcare professionals.

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Programs in Niagara Region

We offer many programs and services to support the individual living with dementia, care partners, friends, family and educational services for professionals and the general public.

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