Anyone over the age of 15 and groups of younger individuals with adult supervision are welcome to apply to volunteer at Deer Lodge Centre. Our volunteers contribute to the quality of life of patients and residents in many different ways. Commitments also vary.
Some volunteer opportunities are flexible, while others require a more structured time commitment.
- Auxiliary Members work together to raise funds to purchase equipment or comfort and entertainment items for residents and patients of the Centre.
- Many independant residents and patients may go to the cafeteria at mealtimes for a change of scenery and variety of food selections. Our Cafeteria Volunteers are there to lend a hand!
- Chad’s Bar is open to residents and patients every afternoon and is operated by volunteers.
- The Dancing Bear Gift Shop offers snacks and beverages as well as gift items and toiletries. It is open 7 days per week and operated by volunteers.
- The End of Life Companion Program offers volunteers at the bedside of a dying patient who would otherwise be alone. The volunteer sits with the patient, perhaps reading to him or her, and notifies the nurse if they appear to be uncomfortable. This position is on call. Most shifts are four hours in length and can occur anytime.
- Volunteers involved in the Friendly Visiting program visit residents and patients and engage in a wide range of activities such as playing a game of cards or going for a walk.
- Life Story Volunteers research residents’ histories and write their stories to be shared with their caregivers. The intent of this project is to provide information to the health care worker to establish a meaningful relationship and improve overall care.
- Meal Assistance Volunteers help residents and patients during mealtimes and ensure they receive a hot enjoyable meal and a visit too!
- Medical Escort Volunteers accompany residents and patients to appointments outside of the Centre.
- Recreation Volunteers assist workers to facilitate programs. Many of the activities provided enhance residents and patients skills or meets a need they may have.
- Spiritual Care Volunteers work in a variety of roles including: spiritual visitors, assisting with wheelchair transport; and helping lead Worship Services, spiritual events, discussion groups and hymn sings.