Loneliness and social isolation are major problems that impair the quality of life amongst older adults; older adults with limited social interactions are more prone to mental and physical health concerns. The Friendly Visiting program aims at alleviating the isolation and loneliness experienced by older adults, 55+ by assigning a friendly visitor to assist in social and indoor recreational activities. Clients receive weekly one hour visits by screened and trained volunteers, with varying skills, abilities, and language.
While the program does not include homemaking, personal care, or nursing services, volunteers would engage clients in meaningful conversation or activities of interest in the comfort of the client’s home or assisted-living facility, as well as provide caregiver respite. Clients comfortable with using the phone may also be eligible for the Telephone Reassurance program, to receive 30-minute weekly phone check-ins by a volunteer.
If you know of anyone who might be suffering from, or is at the risk of, social isolation and/or loneliness, refer them to the Friendly Visiting and/or Telephone Reassurance program. These services are offered free of cost, and are available to residents of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon or Oakville.