Leamington Mennonite Home
Volunteers are an enormous part of our community - we are always looking for those wanting to get involved! If you would like to donate some of your time and energy, pelase consider some of these opportunities at our Home.
Arts & Crafts
Engaging in creative activities helps with focus and concentration. It's a great way to exercise the brain and stimulate it by pursuing new activities. Arts and crafts like painting, knitting, pottery making, etc. can also slow the deterioration of cognitive function in seniors. Studies have indicated that art therapy can help seniors communicate better. It can also alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The ideal Arts & Crafts helper is patient and has good communication and customer service skills.
Some of our residents in Long Term Care deal with health issues that keep them from being able to properly feed themselves independently. Volunteers assist with feeding and providing pleasant conversation while doing so.
Lunch is served at 11:45am
Supper is served at 4:45pm
Our Hair Salon provides our residents with a weekly beauty and hairdressing experience. Volunteers assist with portering residents to and from the Hair Salon and helping with tasks as needed.
The ideal volunteer for the Hair Salon has excellent customer service and communication skills and must be willing to learn and take direction. He or she must be able to meet the physical demands of the position (pushing wheelchairs, standing and walking for extended periods of time, etc.).
Meals on Wheels
Our Meals on Wheels program is available five days a week to our Complex residents. Volunteers deliver a hot, home-cooked meal from our Kitchen. We have regular volunteers as well as occasional volunteers who fill in when regulars are not available.
Delivery takes approximately thirty minutes or less beginning at 11:30am. Volunteers must have the ability to walk through our Complex to complete deliveries or be willing to use their vehicle.
Introducing pets into resident routines reduces feelings of loneliness and allows a shift towards a more positive focus. Those who feel shy or self-conscious can experience unconditional love and acceptance through the affection of pets.
Volunteers who bring in pets for visitation must be reliable and committed and are required to have good animal handling skills. The pet must have a good temperament, be well-socialized, and be up to date on vaccinations.
Many of our residents enjoy quality one-on-one visits. Volunteer visits are generally thirty minutes in length and may include reading from the newspaper, doing an activity together, or simply sharing stories with one another. We ask that volunteers visit the same resident(s) consistently and commit to a period of at least six months.
The ideal volunteer must be willing to provide support and friendship to the resident.