(Alzheimer Society, Peterborough Office, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton Chapter)
|Contact||Shawna Peddar, Volunteer / Friendly Visiting Coordinator, Alzheimer Society - Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton; Phone: (Business) 705-748-5131; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Duties||-To act as a Walking Buddy for an individual experiencing the early stage of Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia. |
-Visit the client home once per week for a brief walk.
-Establish a safe travel route appropriate to the individual's capabilities.
-Monitor the travel terrain for risk of falls etc. and offer appropriate guidance as required.
-Create an enjoyable activity through friendly conversation.
-Ensure safe return to the client home.
|Benefits||Restores the pleasure of walking for a person no longer free to do so on their own. |
Provides brief period of healthy exercise.
Creates a pleasant activity that aids those who experience periods of restlessness.
upports care partner through a brief respite from responsibility.
Aids personal discipline to walk regularly.
Provides a sense of personal satisfaction knowing that you have helped others in need.
|Clients||Individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease or other dementia. |
Must be physically safe to walk unassisted while needing supervision to ensure safety.
Experiencing short term memory loss and reduced capabilities but still able to engage in conversation.
Not known to exhibit difficult behaviors.
Education provided to address volunteer knowledge and comfort level.
|Ages||18 year(s) and up|
|Areas of Interest||Friend / Penpal ; Recreation & Sports|
|Skills/Experience||Physically active, enjoys walking. Attentive to client actions/physical safety. Friendly, comfortable being with people with memory loss. Displays empathy, patience, tact, integrity and good judgment. Responsible and reliable, consistent.|
|Commitment Length||Disease progression and client age will in some instances provide only a brief period of time for this activity. In other instances, a longer term relationship may develop that is very beneficial and important.|
|Minimum Hours||1 / Week|
|Dates and Times||Schedule to suit client and volunteer availability. Early evening walks may be appropriate for some individuals, but are often less desirable for most who prefer a morning or daytime walk.|
|Seasons||Weather conditions and outside temperature may influence walking schedule from time to time.|
|Accessibility||Placement will consider client/volunteer proximity and related transportation factors. Volunteers wishing to transport their client elsewhere in the community to participate in walking clubs etc. may be authorized to do so with appropriate documentation of safe driving record and vehicle insurance.|
|Number of Positions||Peterborough: 10 individual(s) |
10 individual(s) needed in total.
|Training||Volunteers will receive orientation to factors relevant to their client's condition and particulars of how to ensure his/her safety.|
|Transportation||Volunteer will determine best method of transportation to go to client home. This issue will be considered when the match is made.|
|Cost||Cost of Police Check and Driver's Abstract (if needed) will be reimbursed.|
|Additional Requirements||The need for male volunteers is especially high.|
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|Organization Name||Alzheimer Society, Peterborough Office, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton Chapter|
|Toll Free Phone||1-800-561-2588|
|Address & Map|
360 George St N, Unit 18
Peterborough, ON K9H 7E7
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