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 all of our residents benefit from that philosophy.
For you, 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 our community.
Volunteer opportunities at Richmond Terrace include, but are not limited to:
- 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 cup of coffee and conversation
- Be a part of bingo
- Assist with crafts
- Join in on any program that interests you from our monthly calendar of events
- Provide entertainment
- Assist with special events, portering residents to and from program area and serving snacks
- Be a part of a resident outing
- Play cards
- 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 to receive an application package. Drop it off completed and you will be contacted to set up an interview and 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 Richmond Terrace team. Call (519) 736-4295 to speak with our Volunteer Coordinator.
Family Council consists of family members and friends of our residents whose function is to help improve the quality of life of residents and to give families and friends a voice in decisions that affect them and their loved ones.
Family Council provides mutual support, empowerment and advocacy to the family and friends of the residents at Richmond Terrace. Family council will strive to meet the needs of its members and the residents at Richmond Terrace.
Benefits of Family Council include, but are not limited to:
- 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
Goals of Family Council include:
- 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.
Family Council meetings are held once a month.