Extensively screened and trained volunteers provide non-medical support and comfort to individuals living with a life-limiting progressive illness and to their families in the privacy of their own homes. Volunteers offer practical assistance, emotional support, and respite for caregivers, and encouragement of client interests and hobbies.
This service provides the client and family with the extra support required to cope with the life-limiting progressive illness . It is not intended to replace the need for professional health care services. Criteria for program eligibility is a terminal diagnosis. Referrals can be made by anyone including (but not limited to) family members, Community Care Access Centre, health care professionals, clergy, friends or neighbours. We serve all individuals living with a life-limiting progressive illness in the Niagara Region regardless of age, gender, language, ethnic background or diagnosis. Service is primarily provided in the client's home and in The Stabler Centre. However, volunteers also visit in long-term care facilities and also follow clients into acute care settings to ensure continuity of care. There is no fee for services.