The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an initiative of the Department of Health which aims to address loneliness and isolation amongst aged care recipients by utilising volunteer visitors to meet with recipients on an ongoing basis to provide low-intensity and non-specialised companionship.
The CVS is extremely important as the Australian population ages. Many older Australian’s are living longer and in many cases become socially and/or physically isolated because of their geographic location or their family circumstance. Volunteers are needed to be a Community Visitor.
Volunteers Will Need to:
- Sit down with the recipient, listen and discuss interests, hobbies etc.
- Weekly Visits – Just one hour a week
- Police Checks and induction included and compulsory
- Your interests, experience or studies can be matched with a recipient who shares similar
- Communication – reporting on all outcomes is essential
- Provide exceptional service, respect, kindness and be caring
- Provide companionship, friendship and conversation
- Personal assistance of the recipient is NOT required or permitted. For eg. Cleaning, personal care, nursing etc.
You May Wish To Be a Community Visitor Recipient
The CVS provides endless benefits to older Australians including:
- Improving the quality of life for the recipient and the volunteer on many levels
- Combats loneliness and isolation that is very common in nursing homes and residential homes of the older Australians
- Social interaction and engagement which is life changing for many