Czorny Alzheimer Centre
Czorny Alzheimer Centre, home to 72 residents, is tranquil by design - the architecture reflects its innovative holistic, person-centred approach to dementia care. There are communal kitchens, living rooms and fireplaces, and each resident has a memory box to display personal photos and mementos outside their rooms. There are also resident pets - a cat and two rabbits roam the halls.
Czorny Centre offers music therapy, recreation, a spa, a hair salon, two recreation halls with dance floors, a kitchen, and a piano. Residents can bake, garden, and have visitors at any time. The outdoor paths through the gardens are ringed with benches, flowers, and strawberry patches. Pathways are circular, so no one can get lost.
The Centre’s therapeutic goals follow the Eden principles of care which seek to eliminate loneliness, boredom, and helplessness through tailored care and connection with nature. It is person-centred care; the lens with which we make all of our care decisions.
In developing person-centered care, you first learn about a person’s routine, their likes, hopes and how they have lived - then you are able to develop a care plan to suit their specific needs. Due to their loss of speech, some of the residents at Czorny Centre can no longer say, “I don’t like muffins” or “I generally don’t get up before nine o’clock,” so we watch and learn in order to make these care plans tailored to each individual.
The Centre has a high staff-to-patient ratio, with 40 caregivers, including five registered nurses and psychiatric nurses, and 24-residential care attendants. They offer occupational therapy, recreation, physiotherapy, special events, social work services, and the Alzheimer’s Society Resource Centre is right on site. Volunteers are valued members of the Czorny Centre care team and play an important role in celebrating individuality, offering choice, comfort, privacy, and dignity for our residents. Volunteer roles focus on assisting staff in supporting our residents social and leisure interests.
Please note some areas may not have vacancies in the program. We will make every effort to match you with the volunteer opportunity that meets your interests and abilities:
- Recreation therapy program support volunteer – daytime shifts only, Monday through Friday
- Music volunteers – provide light background music and/or entertainment to small and large groups in a variety of settings
- Special events – supports residents in getting to and from special events, and assists with all aspects of events, from setting up to tidying up. Most importantly, volunteers engage with residents to provide a fun, socially-positive environment
- Friendly and outgoing with a genuine desire to work with elderly people
- Able to empathize with people living in care
- Willing to learn and work on a team
- Able to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when working with vulnerable people
- Willing and able to adhere to Fraser Health policies and procedures
- Willing to participate in a comprehensive recruitment process
- Some prior knowledge of cognitive impairment (for example, Alzheimer's Disease) is preferred
- Previous experience in a health care environment is an asset
Placement is based on your skills, abilities, interests and the availability of a suitable placement. Only those considered for placement will be contacted for an interview. If you are not selected for placement, your application will be kept on file for six months.
Volunteering at Czorny Alzheimer Centre is a long term commitment. Volunteers are recruited for a minimum of six months and volunteer for a few hours each week on a regular day and time. This regular and sustained commitment helps to ensure consistency in the care we provide.
- Application forms are available online or in PDF. If possible, we prefer that applicants complete the online volunteer application form. Individuals without computer access are welcome to print and complete the PDF application form.
- Select applicants will be contacted by the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources for an interview. Placement decisions will be based on the applicant’s personal attributes and the availability of a suitable placement at a mutually agreeable time. If an applicant is not selected for an interview applications will be kept on file for three months and reviewed regularly.
- Successful applicants will be required to provide two references and a criminal records check. Documentation for these purposes will be provided at the time of interview. These do not need to be submitted with your volunteer application.
- Approved volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation provided by Volunteer Resources. Dates and times will be provided by Volunteer Resource employees.
- Following completion of all of the above mentioned processes volunteers will be assigned to a mutually agreeable volunteer role and role specific orientations will be arranged.
For more information on how you can become a volunteer at Czorny Alzheimer Centre, please contact Janice McIntyre, Coordinator, Volunteer Resources.