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Program Volunteer – Help Seniors with Electronic Tablets

Organization: ESS Support Services
Date Posted: 2017-02-07
Posted By: Matilda Xhediku
Date Needed: 2017-02-07
City: Toronto
Location: Ontario
Country: Canada
Primary Category: Food Prep/Kitchen Work Positions
Type of Position: Long-Term (3 months or more)

Description & Details

The Adult Day Service (ADS) Program is a community program for older adults and seniors who are physically frail and/or have a cognitive impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.  This program provides social and recreational activities, personal support and care, and respite for caregivers while helping clients achieve and maintain their maximum level of functioning.

Position Summary:

To support the ADS Program activities, bring joy and enhance the quality of life of seniors with cognitive impairments. Activities help individuals with a memory-related impairment re-connect memories, uncover emotions and bring a sense of personal purpose and contribution. Under the direction of staff and/or volunteers, clients use electronic tablets to enjoy music, explore photos and exercise their motor skills and play stimulating cognitive exercises through online games.

*** We offer trial visits! Try this volunteer position out for a day. Contact us to find out more. ***

*** Student opportunities during the summer months are available ***

Summary of Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Engaging program clients through the use of electronic tablets.
  • Provide one-on-one (or in a small sized group) assistance with tablet applications and helping seniors in the program with online games and exercises.
  • Socializing with the client and providing encouragement while working together with the tablets.

Qualifications:

  • Experienced and comfortable navigating an electronic tablet.
  • Must be flexible, understanding, patient, reliable and comfortable working and interacting with a senior population living with a cognitive impairment.
  • Able and comfortable completing tasks independently with minimal support.
  • An interest in supporting seniors and their independence.
  • Must be able to communicate in English.
  • The following second languages are an asset but not required (based on location):  North site – Spanish, Italian; Central site – Ukrainian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Croatian, Indian, Yiddish, Mandarin; South site – Italian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, German, Arabic.

Dress Code:  closed toed shoes, casual and presentable clothing with no offensive images or messages.

Program Locations:

  • North Site (the Village of Humber Heights): 2245 Lawrence. Ave. W, M9P 3W3
  • Central Site (Humbervale Place Seniors Residence):  1447 Royal York Rd., M9P 3V8
  • South Site (Alderwood):  525 Horner Ave., M8W 2B9

Time Commitment:

  • One day per week between Monday and Friday from 1:00 – 2/2:30pm (some flexibility available, a morning time between 10am-11:30am may be coordinated depending on the site).
  • Minimum 3 month commitment.

Orientation and Training:

  • Volunteers are required to attend a mandatory agency orientation session.
  • Additional training workhsops are offered throughout the year.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Invitation to agency workshops and events, including our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.
  • TTC tokens (if requested). 
  • Volunteers are eligible to receive a reference based on performance and after completion of minimum time commitment.

Application and Screening Requirements:

  • Completion of a Volunteer Application Form
  • In-person interview
  • Professional reference checks

*NOTE: A full position description will be provided during the interview

ESS Support Services is a not-for-profit agency committed to helping seniors in their desire to remain in their own homes and community.  We have been supporting seniors and caregivers in the Etobicoke community for over 30 years.

Contact Information: 

Lotoya Fitzgerald

Volunteer Services Assistant

2245 Lawrence Ave. W

Etobicoke, ON M9P 3W3

Phone: (416) 243-0127 Ext. 242

Fax: (416) 243-7897

Email: lfitzgerald@esssupportservices.ca

For more information please call or to apply visit http://www.esssupportservices.ca.

 

 

How to Apply / Contact

Lotoya Fitzgerald

Volunteer Services Assistant

416-243-0127

Phone Extension: 242

lfitzgerald@esssupportservicse.ca

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