ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING A SENIOR IN NEED?

Home For Life envisions a 'Back to the Village' approach for the seniors in our communities; neighbours helping neighbours.

Our trained volunteers go to the homes of seniors in our communities who reach out to Home For Life for our help. The volunteer discusses the hurdles the senior is experiencing. Many of our seniors are on fixed incomes with little money to spare and that allows our volunteers to pitch in and do whatever they can to help a senior in need.

Home For Life is offering a UNIQUE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE.

You can help a senior in our community by offering to do:

-A Little Gardening
-Light Housekeeping
-Be a friendly visitor
-Picking up a few groceries
-Do odd jobs around the senior's home or apartment, anything you enjoy doing.

The bonus is - you only do it when it suits your schedule. Give of your time as much or as little - whatever works for you.

READ WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE SAYING:

(The seniors names have been changed)

1. Cameron Johnson, one of our volunteers, met another volunteer at "Lorrie's" house today at 11:00 a.m. to install a grab bar in her shower. He installed not one, but two grab bars, removed a dangerous shower door, then bought and installed a shower rod and curtain. Then Mr. Johnson used some plywood that "Lorrie" had in her garage and made a step at the front door...which was really needed - "Lorrie" could easily have fallen. "Lorrie" could not get the smile off her face...she was so grateful. She couldn't believe she only had to pay for the material used, and was thrilled with how wonderful Mr. Johnson was to her.

VOLUNTEERING GIVES A PERSON SATISFACTION IN KNOWING THAT THE LIVES OF OTHERS HAVE BEEN IMPROVED THROUGH ONE'S TIME AND EFFORT!

2. We had a lovely visit with "Evelyn". Mike did all the outside windows he's tall so he didn't need a ladder. I chatted with "Evelyn" with a cuppa and cleaned a bit inside (screens, windows), we changed a light bulb and got all the outdoor furniture out, cleaned and on the deck. We are off on our vacation now, but will be in touch when we return so we can help out some more!

"YOU CAN CHOOSE WHEN AND HOW MUCH OF YOUR TIME YOU WANT TO OFFER!

 

 

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3. Chris and I went to visit a lovely senior lady today and I have offered to help her every Wednesday to change her bed and scrub her bathtub (should keep me in shape) also we think she loves company so I will keep her company on Wednesday too. This arrangement is not permanent but will bridge the gap until she can get some more permanent help from a PSW. I feel wonderful being able to help her in this small way and it doesn't really take much of my time at all!

4. I met with the client, "Jill", she is 80 years old and in excellent physical condition, however, she has Alzheimer's. She has a very supportive family, but they live far away, therefore, she will most likely be moved to a retirement home in the winter time. "Jill" forgets or doubles up on her medication. I have called 211 and they suggested I contact Comfort Keepers to check on her daily to ensure her meds are being taken. I have agreed to check in on her to get to know her, while her son is there. My next planned visit is tomorrow at 10:00am for a walk in her neighbourhood. Her son wants her to get an activity every day, but feels she may get lost if she walks on her own.

"SEE HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A SENIORS LIFE!"

There is always a need for more volunteers to support the Home For Life services in the community. If you would like to become a volunteer or want more information:

Call us - Dial 211or email: info@homeforlifesgb.com

All volunteers have a vulnerable sector/Criminal check done and references are checked before they are allowed to go to the home of the senior and review their issues.

Upcoming Volunteer Training:
None.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch - Monday November 4th , 2013
We had the honour of hosting our Volunteers for lunch at the Huron Club. For those of you who attended I think you would agree that a great time was had by all. We know others of you had commitments, but you should know you were missed. We had wanted to say thanks to our volunteers for all they do at a lunch closer to the holidays however many of you are snowbirds so we thought we would celebrate early and what a celebration it was. With 40 Volunteers in attendance, there was plenty of sharing and mingling. We were so happy Linda Davis from the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Marie Larose from the Georgian Bay Family Health Team could attend and personally thank our Buddies for the outstanding job they are doing. Thanks everyone for all you do all year long, you all make a tremendous difference in the lives of the seniors in our communities.

 Copyright 2013. Home For Life - South Georgian Bay

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