The Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, is recruiting volunteers for the new Health Tapestry program. Health TAPESTRY, a program developed at McMaster University, aims to help older adults stay out of emergency rooms and be more mobile.
In this program, trained volunteers visit older adults where they live. During these visits, volunteers learn about what matters most to that person and about their health and life goals. This information is passed on from clients to volunteers and then sent to the client’s primary health care team using special technology. This information helps the interprofessional team learn more about how they can help that person stay healthy longer. The health care team also connects with community organizations to help the person access activities and resources in their community.
The Canadian Red Cross will be managing the coordination of volunteers for this program and as such they require volunteers to get on-boarded as a Canadian Red Cross volunteer. The job description and application process can be done through this link. After this step they will arrange interviews.
Client visits take 1 to 2 hours and visits are within the community. Local travel via personal or public transit is required. Meetings and supervision may be in person, by telephone, email or internet, so volunteers need access to these. Most volunteers commit about 6 hours per month to these activities.
For more information about these volunteer positions, please contact the volunteer coordinator, email Nelson Ruiz Blanco or call 905-522-8485, ext. 5221266.