The Community Support “Friendly Visitor” Program provides lonely seniors conversation, companionship and social supports.
JSA provides trained volunteers to make regularly scheduled home visits to seniors and to older shut-ins who express loneliness and social isolation. The services are designed to reduce feelings of isolation and to promote connection and/or re-entry into the community at large.
The Friendly Visitor services allow time for conversation, companionship and social supports. The visits may take place either in seniors’ own homes or in the greater community.
Friendly visitors may accompany seniors to medical appointments, social and cultural functions. Prospective program volunteers are required to pass a Criminal Records Check. Friendly visitors receive 15 hours of training.
One of the most important aspects of our friendly visitor’s duties, is to make sure that the client is living in a proper environment, regarding hygiene, and supply of food. If any questions or concerns in the mind of the volunteer arise, in regards to the welfare of the client, then the Peer Support volunteer, with the permission of their client, will have the duty to report the deficiencies encountered and to ask for help for their client from other agencies in the community.