All About Volunteering in the Long Term Care Sector

Long Term Care Homes operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the shortage crisis is a topic for another day.

Luckily, you’re still able to do your part as a volunteer. Becoming a volunteer and offering your time wherever you can in an amazing gift. Volunteers play a vital part in enhancing the quality of life and care residents receive. A volunteer can be anyone from a student to a retiree to a family pet!

Some volunteer roles include, Recreation Assistant, where this individual would organize and take part on outings like going to the bowling alley, bingo or even a little crafting, Dining Room Assistant, where the volunteer would encourage residents to eat, assist them in eating and help clean up after meals, Pet Visitor, where a volunteer would bring in their own fur baby to interact with the residents, and Friendly Visitor, where the volunteer would visit with residents one-on-one and perhaps play a game of cards or just walk and talk.

Whatever role you decide to choose, you will see the impact of your hard work. A few of my favourite things about volunteering include gaining confidence, learning new skills, meeting new people, being part of a community and being more empathetic.

There’s nothing more gratifying than knowing that at the end of the day you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

Becoming a volunteer requires a little screening to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved. The process of being accepted as a volunteer typically includes submitting a resume, getting an interview, a complete TB screening, criminal reference check with vulnerable sector check, an orientation with a tour of the facility and a rundown of the expectations of your role. After this process, you’re finally set to start making a difference!

Before you know it, you will have familiar faces saying good morning, asking for you by name and depending on you, because you are the difference.

So what are you waiting for? Help make the world a better place by doing your part and becoming a volunteer!

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