Volunteers offer seniors living with various mobility needs, help getting out of their homes for various reasons. Most often, volunteers are requested for help getting door-to-door for medical appointments. The support offered is both physical (volunteers meet the member at their door, travel with them to the appointment, and accompany them home) and emotional (volunteers sit with the seniors at the clinic/hospital attempting to ease any anxiety or fear they may have). Seniors with reduced mobility may also request help with personal services (trips to the bank, grocery store, or pharmacy) and outings (going to the cinema, library, park, or Yellow Door wellness groups), that they may not otherwise have been able to access without the support of a volunteer.
Senior members can request volunteers as needed. The Program Coordinator will then match the senior with an available on-call volunteer. Accompaniments can last up to 4 hours and happen throughout the week.
The goal of this service is to: (i) ease and alleviate feelings of dread, stress, and/or anxiety that seniors may have related to travel outside the home; and (ii) to allow seniors to access critical services and social opportunities.