Medical Appointment Escort

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Position description: 

To travel with Care Home residents to medical appointments via the Handydart or taxi. To help elders locate medical offices and bring back medical notes if needed. Our medical escorts are called as needed to accompany residents to medical appointments. We provide care, support and housing to our residents.

Deliverables/Duties: 

To volunteer as a medical appointment escort you must have one or more weekdays available. Most medical appointments are during the day 8am-5:30pm Monday to Friday. As an escort you would be phoned to see if you were available when one of our residents needs to visit a doctor, dentist or hospital. Travel is provided by the Handydart bus system or taxi. The medical escort comes to New Vista and is given information about the resident and their appointment, and then they accompany the resident on their trip. You may be asked to talk to the doctor after the appointment to get any follow up information or to bring back a letter with instructions from the doctor. Because we never know when a medical appointment will be scheduled, this is not a steady job, but a random job.

Qualifications: 

Enjoy being with seniors, patient, kind, able to assist unsteady or confused seniors, able to push a wheelchair, excellent social skills, enjoy listening and talking: two-way conversation, good sense of humour, good sense of direction, reliable, dependable, friendly, good people skills. Able to follow directions from staff and bring back medical information from medical visits. Must undergo a Criminal Record Check.

Role is suitable for: 
Adult
Senior
Additional Information: 

 Learn new skills, make new friends, gain insight and experience for personal or career goals, improve self-confidence, gain satisfaction from giving to others.  During influenza season (December 1 to April 30) a flu vaccination is required OR care home visitors must wear masks. Masks are available at the front door of the care home. Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate are free for volunteers. Requires attending a Volunteer Orientation with staff, completing a TB checklist, completing an Immunization checklist, plus filling out an application form including two references. Requires a criminal records check through the Ministry of Public Safety or a Police Record Check through your local police detachment - this is discussed at the Volunteer Orientation. 

How to apply: 
Email Margaret Hansen margareth@newvista.bc.ca
Contact person: 
Margaret Hansen
Contact phone: 
604-521-7764 x1285
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Disability Services
Health, Social Services
Seniors
Mission:
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Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
3
Position start/end date:
4 Sep 2018
Time Committment:
0 Hours Total
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays
Work location:
New Vista Care Home
7550 Rosewood Street
Burnaby, BC V5E 3Z3