We are looking for kind and caring individuals who have a genuine interest in older people to become community visitors. A community visitor will visit a lonely older person regularly at the aged care facility to have a cuppa and chat or perhaps play a board game, read together, listen to music or take a short stroll in the grounds, on a fortnightly basis. Through this regular one to one visiting wonderful friendships can be formed.
Regular visits from a community visitor can help to improve the quality of life of the older person and help them to feel less socially isolated.
Volunteering as a community visitor can be a very rewarding experience. By becoming a friend to an older person, you can make a positive difference to their lives as well as your own.
Volunteer characteristics: Patience, flexibility, empathy, respect for the elderly, consideration of ageing conditions and awareness of loss of mobility/ memory/ sight/ hearing or health. An ongoing commitment required to fortnightly visits. Must be 18 years or older.
When it is not possible to visit your friend in person (eg. due to aged care facility being in lockdown) visits will take place via digital means (such as video calls through Skype or FaceTime) and/or through letter writing, emailing and phone calls.
** An important note - A requirement issued by the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is that ALL visitors to aged care facilities in Australia must have a current Flu Vaccination with evidence to be provided to aged care facility upon each visit.