To Commit or Not?
Many times we think that to be a volunteer we must make a solid commitment, that is only true when it comes to our residents. They want you to devote your friendship, zestfulness and some of your free time.
If all you have is one hour a week, that’s all we need. Any amount of time can make a significant difference to someone’s life, including your own. You would play an important role in awakening memories within a member of our elderly population or create new ones. Your presence helps them maintain the benefits of community integration. Friendships are formed every day in this life and we like to think that one of our residents benefits from that philosophy.
For yourself; there are many benefits to becoming a community volunteer. It only takes a short time to realize that everything you do can make a difference in someone’s life. You will form lasting friendships, have the opportunity to share your special talents and perhaps fill that empty space within yourself. Become part of the back bone of your community.
Opportunities with Grace Villa:
- Visit on a one-to-one basis
- Assist residents in writing letters or cards to loved ones
- Take residents outside in good weather
- Enjoy a coffee and conversation
- Participate in our garden programs
- Be a part of bingo
- Assist with crafts or implement your own craft
- Join in on any program that interests you from our monthly calendar of events
- Deliver library books, or simply maintain our onsite library
- Provide entertainment
- Assist with special events, portering residents to and from program area and serving snacks
- Be part of a resident outing to the mall or a restaurant
- Play cards
- Help maintain our volunteer-run Tuck Shop
- Bring in your pet for all the extra attention
- Create and implement your own program
How to Become a Volunteer
Telephone or stop in to see the Volunteer Coordinator. A Police Services Screening will need to be completed before beginning volunteering. You will then be contacted to set up an orientation to discuss what your preferences are and where we need volunteers. All your questions can be answered at that time and you will be on your way to becoming an important part of the Grace Villa team.
If you have any questions, or would like further information about our facility and programs offered please contact our Program Director/Volunteer Coordinator.
The Family Council is composed of families and friends of the residents at Grace Villa. The Council is dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the quality of life and care of all residents and recognizes and respects their rights. The Family Council information board is located on the wall at the front entrance. Posted on this board are all the names and phone numbers of Grace Villa’s Family Council Executive Committee. In addition, all information regarding upcoming in-services and meetings are displayed on the bulletin board.
Benefits of Family Council:
- On-going mutual support from shared experiences
- Education and information related to the long-term care system
- A means to express concern and solve problems
- Family input into decisions and changes
- Support residents who do not have concerned families or friends
- Two-way communication between the home and families
- Promotes open and effective communication
- To ensure that the residents receive the care they need while maintaining their dignity and comfort
- To address the issues, concerns and grievances of the residents and their families and pass these concerns on to the appropriate management level
- To support families and friends of residents regarding the rights and needs of the residents, if needed
- To work with families and friends, staff and management to provide the best caring environment possible
- To provide forums to educate families, friends, staff, management and government regarding the needs and concerns of the residents
Please see the Family Council Bulletin Board on the main floor
for regular updates and information.
For more information, please contact the Program Director.