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Companion Volunteer – Position Description

The NALTCV is looking for caring and dedicated individuals to serve as Companion Volunteers in long-term care communities. As a Companion Volunteer, your role is to improve residents’ lives by providing social interaction, emotional support, and companionship. Your presence and genuine care make a big difference.


  1. Build Relationships: Form meaningful connections with residents, respecting their preferences and privacy.
  2. Social Interaction: Engage residents in conversations, actively listen, and provide companionship through activities like reading, playing games, or going for walks.
  3. Emotional Support: Offer comfort and empathy, providing emotional support to residents during their visit.
  4. Individualized Activities: Help develop and facilitate individualized activities, hobbies, and events to improve quality of life for the people visited
  5. Assistance with Daily Living: Assist with non-medical tasks such as writing letters, crafts, or accompanying residents to common areas.
  6. Advocacy: Communicate observations, concerns, and suggestions to the appropriate staff members to advocate for residents’ needs and well-being.
  7. Respect Privacy and Confidentiality: Maintain confidentiality and respect residents’ privacy, following community policies.


  1. Compassion and Empathy: Show genuine care, compassion, and understanding for the people living in the community.
  2. Excellent Interpersonal Skills: Possess exceptional communication skills to build positive relationships with residents and staff.
  3. Dependability and Reliability: Be dependable and committed to fulfilling scheduled volunteer shifts consistently.
  4. Patience and Flexibility: Demonstrate patience, adaptability, and flexibility when interacting with residents.
  5. Respectful and Non-judgmental Attitude: Maintain a respectful and non-judgmental attitude towards residents, families, and staff.
  6. Ability to Follow Instructions: Follow instructions and guidelines provided by staff while exercising good judgment.
  7. Physical and Emotional Well-being: Have the physical and emotional stamina to engage with residents and handle emotional situations.
  8. Background Check: Successfully complete a background check to ensure resident safety.

Note: This is a volunteer position without financial compensation. The rewards of positively impacting residents’ lives are immeasurable.

If you possess a genuine passion for enriching the lives of older adults and believe you can contribute to a long-term care community as a Companion Volunteer, then take the next step…