Long-Term (6+ months)
Deadline to Apply:
Friday, October 4, 2019
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In Home Recreation Volunteer
- To assist the person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias (ADOD) and their families by providing companionship for the person, delivering client-specific recreation interventions to stimulate memory, confidence and overall quality of life, and providing relief for the caregiver.
- Social Recreation Coordinator and Manager of Volunteer and Social Recreation Services
- A minimum of 1-2 hours per week for 8 months.
- 19 years of age or older
- Creative in adapting to the needs of the person with dementia.
- Caring, compassionate and patient.
- Good active listening and communication skills.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to accept direction and to ask for help when needed.
- Reliable and dependable.
- Sensitive and non-judgmental.
- Good health and grooming.
- Car is helpful, but not required.
- To complete the Alzheimer Information Series (3 hours) training and the Meaningful Activity In Home (3 hours) training prior to first visit
- To complete 3 sessions of Social Recreation programming in ASLM office before being matched
- To meet individually with the Social Recreation Coordinator to review and learn the personalized intervention plan before first visit with client and family
- To visit the person in their home with Social Recreation Coordinator at a prearranged time, convenient to both the family and the volunteer, to introduce self and activities.
- To be familiar with the background, skills and interests of the person, and the intervention plan prepared by the Social Recreation Coordinator.
- To provide enriching recreational experiences, using the intervention plan, for the person with dementia, taking into account the needs of that person.
- To maintain confidentiality of any information learned about the person and their family members, unless safety is a concern.
- To ensure that the person with dementia is safe and feels as secure and content as possible. The volunteer should always carry a list of emergency telephone numbers, and the person’s medical information at all times.
- To complete an In Home Recreation Log after every visit and to send logs to the Social Recreation Coordinator monthly.
- To complete an incident report immediately following an incident of concern.
- To keep in regular contact with the Manager of Volunteer and Social Recreation Services and the Social Recreation Coordinator and discuss any areas of concern.
- To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex.
- A willingness to update knowledge of ADOD through information available in our Society resource center and professional development workshops.
- The In Home Recreation volunteer is not expected to, and should not; undertake any activities involving personal care of the person with dementia, such as lifting, bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting or administration of medication(s).
- The In Home Recreation volunteer is prohibited from giving medical advice.
- The In Home Recreation volunteer is prohibited from becoming involved in the legal and financial affairs of the person with whom they are matched (i.e. banking, Power of Attorney etc.)
- Provide much needed companionship and stimulation to the person.
- Valuable contribution to family needing support and to your community.
- Socialization opportunity for clients with ADOD.
- Building volunteer skillset in recreation and leisure, and working 1:1 with clients living with ADOD.
Alzheimer Information Series Training (provided by ASLM)
Meaningful Activity In Home Training (provided by ASLM)
Able to work independently
Additional Opportunity Information:
Visits will take place in the client's home (variable depending on client)