Hospital Companion Volunteer (HCV)

Opportunity ID: 2512

Organization Details
Organization Name: St.Amant
Address: 440 River Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 3Z9
Organizational Description: St.Amant is a comprehensive resource for Manitobans with developmental disabilities, and autism.

We are a not-for-profit organization that offers a wide range of programs and services to support individuals and their families.

St.Amant programs include a large residence for complex-care, more than 50 community sites and homes, the St.Amant Research Centre, the St.Amant School and River Road Child Care, a community child-care centre. We offer effective programs for children with autism and also for families who care for an individual with a developmental disability at home.

We strive to enhance the quality of life and self-determination for the thousands of individuals and families we serve each year. We are also a member of the Catholic Health Network.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: ***If you need this position description in an alternative format, please contact us at 204.258.7048***

Position Summary: The Hospital Companion Volunteer promotes the spirit of the Mission and Philosophy of St.Amant, and the goals and objectives of providing the care, health and wellbeing of people supported by St.Amant. HCVs will provide one-on-one time with patients during their hospital stay. As a volunteer you may read, talk, play games, provide companionship or just offering a quiet presence.

At no point is a HCV to provide clinical care, or take on tasks that are the main duty of a paid worker. The aim of the role is to enhance the patient experience and make their time in hospital as comfortable as possible. Compassion, understanding and empathy are integral qualities for a HCV. A HCV must be able to anticipate and recognize patient needs, providing a safe and comfortable care environment. A HCV should project positive energy and emotional support.

The HCV will focus on providing a companion visitor role and will not be expected or asked to be involved with any medical/medication/care decisions. The HCV should not undertake any activities involving personal care, nutritional intake, toileting, or lifting and transferring. The HCV will want to be supportive and mindful of ensuring that under any circumstances, will not provide any medical information or counseling to the patient or family member. The HCV should never give any type of medication and if the HCV sees a need for a referral this should be discussed with the St.Amant Support Staff only.

All volunteer placements are done through the volunteer office including reassignments. Volunteering is an exciting and challenging experience. Volunteers are highly valued members of the St.Amant team and contribute to each program area. If you're a first-time volunteer or just new to St.Amant's volunteer system, you may have some questions. And we have answers!

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a volunteer to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the volunteer may be required to read, walk, sit for long periods of time, stand, stoop, kneel, lift, and carry. The ability to write clearly and legibly may be required.

St.Amant welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Thank you for your interest in offering your time, energy, and expertise to St.Amant! All adult volunteers will need a Criminal Record Check; once 100 volunteer hours have been completed with us you will receive a full refund on your Criminal Record Check. Adult and Child Abuse Registry Check will be done at St.Amant for no charge to the volunteer. (We do not offer reimbursement for those who are placed in our volunteer program and have done the CRC, CAR & AAR on their own).
Skills Required: Qualifications:
Must be at least 18 years old
Ability to work independently with indirect supervision
Flexible in travel (necessary - within Winnipeg)
Must demonstrate maturity in communicating with others
Must show responsibility in meeting commitment (i.e., punctual and consistent attendance as scheduled)
Must show ability to be flexible when assignments change
Must be able to follow instructions
Must show ability and interest in working with individuals with a developmental disability and/or autism
Must be willing to work cooperatively with staff, family and/or medical personal
Acceptable Criminal Record, Child Abuse Registry Checks and Adult Abuse Registry Checks
Acceptable reference checks
May be asked to push patients in wheelchairs as needed
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Benefits:
The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution

The opportunity to develop new relationships that will enrich your life

Gain experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities and/or autism

Gain experience working as part of a team with staff and other volunteers

Gain experience working in a hospital setting

A reference for employment or school upon meeting the required hours

Experience new challenges and activities

Gain skills important for the workforce

Volunteer recognition activities
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
It will be dependent on patients needs. Anticipated Shift: Flexible hours; to be determined by the volunteer and St.Amant Support Staff; this position requires a minimum 1 year commitment
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: Evaluation
How to Apply: Email:
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2018
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