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.
- Build Relationships: Form meaningful connections with residents, respecting their preferences and privacy.
- Social Interaction: Engage residents in conversations, actively listen, and provide companionship through activities like reading, playing games, or going for walks.
- Emotional Support: Offer comfort and empathy, providing emotional support to residents during their visit.
- Individualized Activities: Help develop and facilitate individualized activities, hobbies, and events to improve quality of life for the people visited
- Assistance with Daily Living: Assist with non-medical tasks such as writing letters, crafts, or accompanying residents to common areas.
- Advocacy: Communicate observations, concerns, and suggestions to the appropriate staff members to advocate for residents’ needs and well-being.
- Respect Privacy and Confidentiality: Maintain confidentiality and respect residents’ privacy, following community policies.
- Compassion and Empathy: Show genuine care, compassion, and understanding for the people living in the community.
- Excellent Interpersonal Skills: Possess exceptional communication skills to build positive relationships with residents and staff.
- Dependability and Reliability: Be dependable and committed to fulfilling scheduled volunteer shifts consistently.
- Patience and Flexibility: Demonstrate patience, adaptability, and flexibility when interacting with residents.
- Respectful and Non-judgmental Attitude: Maintain a respectful and non-judgmental attitude towards residents, families, and staff.
- Ability to Follow Instructions: Follow instructions and guidelines provided by staff while exercising good judgment.
- Physical and Emotional Well-being: Have the physical and emotional stamina to engage with residents and handle emotional situations.
- 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…