Western Alzheimer’s Befriender role
Western Alzheirmers is in the process of expanding it’s befriending service for people with dementia in Galway to Mayo and Roscommon to support them at the early and later stages of dementia. This service offers friendship and stimulation. It also supports the carer by providing a break for them. The key is “compatible companionship”. Each client will be twinned with a suitable friend. This support may be inside or outside the client’s home.
The service offered will be two or three hours weekly/fortnightly, during which time it is envisaged that a relationship will grow into a friendship. Continuity of the relationship is of paramount importance and volunteers will be selected partly on their capacity and willingness to make a long term commitment.
We are looking for individuals who can give 2-3 hours a week in the homes of people living with dementia. The supports would range from companionship, meeting for coffee and generally supporting them in their own homes.
Please note that this is a befriending service and not a personal care assistant support service.
Full training and induction will be provided.