As part of the national volunteer recruitment strategy, Victoria’s program will be facilitated through Volunteering Victoria’s weVolunteer platform. The Re-engaging Volunteers into Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Program has been established nationwide to provide non-clinical social and emotional support to older people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs).
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Your time and dedication to this role will reduce the social isolation and loneliness that many residents may be experiencing as a result of COVID-19. The impact your contribution will make to the lives of aged care residents and the RACF workforce is immeasurable. You can make a real difference.
Regular visits from volunteers can help improve quality of life and reduce isolation, such as:
- Improve self-esteem and wellbeing
- Diminish feelings of depression and anxiety
- Maintain and increase independence and sense of belonging
- Reduce feeling of loneliness and isolation
- Maintain good emotional and physical health
- Increase longevity and increase sense of purpose
- Develop social connections
You may be asked to assist with:
- leisure activities (e.g. reading, music)
- access to and supervision in outdoor spaces or the community
- physical activity and exercise
- companionship, conversation and social engagement
- mobilising support in aid of above activities
- culturally specific and individually appropriate support to enhance residents’ wellbeing
- administration support such as answering phones, internal message running, restocking personal protective equipment (PPE)
Help bring the joy of friendship and companionship to older Australians.