Free Seniors One-2-One Volunteer Services

Organization Sponsor: Aberdeen Health and Community Services

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Program Description

This program is designed to support isolated individuals who are facing an ongoing, life limiting illness.
On a weekly basis (or more if needed), volunteers trained in Hospice Palliative Care visit clients in their own homes and provide companionship and support. These volunteers can also provide company for ailing clients in order to give caregivers a much needed break.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Free

Funding Sources: 

This program is 100% funded by the HNHB Local Health Integration Network.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Aberdeen Health and Community Services has worked very diligently since 1907 to provide top quality community services that meet the needs of local citizens. We move into the future, prepared to develop new service areas in response to changing client and community needs.
Aberdeen Health and Community Services, a charitable organization, is a leader in providing quality community based health and support services and wellness strategies that assure clients, caregivers and customers of high standards of service delivery.

Impact Of Program: 

Since the new millennium, Aberdeen Health and Community Services has continued to see growth. We now employ approximately 200 employees and do over 125,000 home visits per year by nurses, homemakers and volunteers.

Evaluation Tools: 

Aberdeen Health and Community Services takes its responsibility to provide you with quality service very seriously. We appreciate all feedback from clients and service recipients so that we can continue to do the best things we do and work to improve things that can be made better.

“My worker does a terrific job trying to get mom to engage."
“It decreases the stress to family.”

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Our vision will be achieved through:
Client/customer focused services
Qualified skilled staff and volunteers
Innovative programs
Reinvestment in community through charitable work
Outcome-based standards and continuous quality improvement
Health and wellness promotion
Innovative program development through community needs assessment
Community education and advocacy
Meaningful strategic community partnerships

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many social service organizations. Volunteers serve in many capacities within organizations by contributing time, energy and talent that help to fulfill the organizations' mission.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Aberdeen Health and Community Services was established in 1907 (under the name Victorian Order of Nurses). In 1994 we prepared for the future by changing our organizational structure with the integration of Nursing, Homemaking and Alzheimer Respite services into the Department of Client Services.

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