Department Assistance - Harvest House - Mealtime Companion

 

VOLUNTEER – Mealtime Companion

 

Commitment6 months minimum

Time: About 1 to 1½ hours

Length of Program: Ongoing

Supervisor: Nursing

Job Summary:

Promote a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere during mealtimes by assisting residents during meal times.

Position Benefits & Requirements

Responsibilities:

 

·       Introduce yourself to Nursing Staff as a Mealtime Volunteer and ask for an suitable resident for you to assist

·       Introduce yourself to assigned resident and let them know you will be assisting them with their meal.

·       Assist portering residents (following volunteer guidelines) to the dining room.

·       Wash own hands

·       Wash resident’s hands and help with placing napkin or clothing protector.

  • Help serve meals according to diet plan as directed by nursing staff
  • Assist residents with opening packages, cutting food, buttering bread, etc

·       Assist the assigned (low risk) residents with their meals only in the dining room

·       Socialize with residents during meals

·       Provide verbal encouragement

·       Use adaptive equipment when appropriate.

·       Ensure residents hands and face are clean at the end of meal.

 

Exhibit CapitalCare’s values at all times.  

 

Training:

Attend Volunteer Orientation. 

Take the Loving Spoonful Training Program facilitated by CapitalCare.

Additional training and in-services may be available

 

Competencies:

·       Have an interest in serving people

·       Accept direction and supervision

·       Be dependable and committed

·       Be friendly and trustworthy

·       Able to communicate effectively with residents and staff

·       Be mature and motivated

 

Rewards:

Satisfaction of knowing you have made a difference in a person’s life. Parking passes and refreshment vouchers available.

 

 

 

Revised August 22, 2017

Qualifications Required

  • Volunteer Security Screening Must be at least Completed