Community Visitor Scheme
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.
Volunteer to be a Community Visitor
What is required?
- Sit down with the recipient and 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
- Providing exceptional service, respect, kindness and caring is required
- Provide companionship, friendship and conversation.
- Personal assistance of the recipient is NOT required or permitted. For eg. Cleaning, personal care, nursing etc.
Become 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
VSA will recruit, support and engage volunteers. We will collaborate with the volunteers on how and when to meet with the recipients.
Do you know someone who would benefit from the Community Visitor Scheme? Contact us today to find out how they can become a Community Visitor Recipient.Become a Community Visitor Recipient
Who is Eligible?
- Older Australian’s who are at risk of loneliness and isolation.
- Older Australians with cultural loneliness
- This is a government funded initiative and there is no cost for this service
Who Can Refer?
- Aged care providers
- Nursing Homes
- Medical Centres
- Healthcare Workers
- Homecare workers
- Family members, friends and of course the individual