Home Care & Community Programs (Calgary)


 

Volunteering with Alberta Health Services (AHS) is a unique opportunity to support Patient and Family Centred Care.

 

AHS volunteers are individuals looking for a rewarding opportunity to provide meaningful support to patients and their families through a variety of roles. Accessing health care can often be an overwhelming and stressful experience.  Volunteers are a vital link in the important work of Alberta Health Services.

What are the qualities of a Home Care Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering with AHS, consider whether or not you have an interest and ability in:

  • Being able to work collaboratively with health care providers to improve care and experiences for patients and their families throughout Alberta
  • Interest in volunteering in a community setting with frail elderly, individuals with disabilities and new families. 
  • Being a compassionate listener
  • Having an ability to show respect for the perspectives of others
  • Having an ability to work independently and have regular access to reliable transportation. 
  • Have a willingness to give your time on a consistent basis for a minimum of one year

Curious to learn more?

If you think that volunteering with AHS is right for you and you are ready to get started, just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Click the [Fill in an Application] button on the right-hand side of this page and complete an application form.

Step 2: Volunteer Resources will review your information and be in contact with you to arrange a 1:1 chat to learn more about your interests and availability.   This will also give you an opportunity to get your questions answered.  You will also be asked to supply two (2) references.

Step 3: If it is agreed that volunteering with AHS is something that you would like to pursue, you will be asked to complete our volunteer onboarding process including:

  • Completing a Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Screen
  • Completing a Communicable Disease Assessment Form
  • Participating in Confidentiality and Privacy Training, including signing the AHS’s Confidentiality Form
  • Participating in our online, site, and program specific orientations
  • Signing a photo and media consent form

Step 4: Learn how to use our volunteer system, how to sign up for opportunities and how to enter volunteer hours.  This can occur during or after onboarding is complete.

 

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Home Care Program Information

About Clients in Home Care and Community Programs. 

Our homecare volunteers support individual wellness by helping seniors and adults stay safe, connected, and independent in their own home setting for as long as possible. Volunteers provide companionship and friendship to those who may feel lonely and isolated in their homes.

Every day Homecare volunteers make someone's day brighter. Volunteers complement the care provided by professional staff. As a volunteer, you can gain personal satisfaction from helping others, obtain experience relevant to your future employment or educational plans, meet new people and learn more about the health care system. 

Volunteers can:

  • Enjoy friendly conversation with clients to reduce social isolation.
  • Enjoy activities with the client such as walks, crafts, painting, board games and cards.
  • Bring your pet to visit with residents who love animals (successful completion of an approved PALS training program required).
  • Accompany clients on shopping trips, to medical appointments or other outings supported by Access Calgary or by taxi or you can meet them at their destination

Palliative Home Care and No One Dies Alone

Volunteers provide non-medical support, companionship, visiting and conversations with Palliative clients and their families.

No One Dies Alone or NODA is a specialized volunteer program offering on-call support for clients either in Palliative home care or in Hospital that are actively dying and have no family or friends available to be with them.

Best Beginnings

The Best Beginnings program offers information and support to young pregnant females. Our volunteers offer child care while clients are in learning sessions.

Caring Hands

Occasionally we have referrals for families who have just had twins, triplets or maybe even quadruplets!! If they have no family or friends close by it may be difficult to manage such a change. Our volunteers go into the home and offer an extra pair of caring hands.

By sharing your time, you can make a positive difference in the lives of others – and enrich your own. Whether you’re reading to clients or walking with them, performing music or just reminiscing, we have an opportunity to suit your unique talents and interests. If you have a new idea that you’d like to bring to one of our clients we’d love to hear it.