Volunteer Training Modules and Resources

Training can help volunteers and service providers better identify seniors who are isolated, understand their needs, and connect them with appropriate services and resources. Many of the training modules below will connect you with resources you can download to conduct interactive workshops for volunteers and staff who work with seniors. For each module, we also highly recommend Fact Sheets on Risk Factors affecting Social Isolation of Seniors, such as Caregiver Burnout, Physical Health, Mental Health, Low Income, Life Transitions and Linguistic and Cultural Barriers.

Other helpful resources:
Anxiety
Stress Management
Depression in Older Adults
Delirium


Exploring Risk Factors

Exploring Risk Factors

Learn how vitally important social connections are to seniors’ wellbeing, and examine barriers faced by seniors that put them at risk of social isolation. Identify valuable ways to support seniors to build and maintain their social connections.

Communicating to Foster Connections

Communicating to Foster Connections

Hone your active listening skills as you explore boundaries and roadblocks to effective communication. Identify strategies to strengthen your ability to communicate and connect with seniors.

Exploring Diversity & Inclusion

Exploring Diversity & Inclusion

Explore how we’re affected by power and privilege and learn about linguistic and cultural barriers that contribute to seniors’ isolation. Strengthen your ability to support seniors in the face of these barriers.

Moving Through Grief & Loss

Moving Through Grief & Loss

Identify the central needs of those who are mourning. Learn about the physical and emotional reactions of grief and explore helpful ways to support a senior who is grieving.

Preparing for End of Life

Preparing for End of Life

Build your awareness of emotional and spiritual needs that arise when living with a life threatening illness. Explore your own personal thoughts on death and dying and expand your capacity to provide emotional support to a senior facing a life-limiting illness. Following are several highly recommended on-line resources:

Accessing End of Life Care in BC

Fraser Health Hospice Palliative Care

Vancouver Coastal Health Hospice Palliative Care

Canadian Virtual Hospice – Information and support on palliative and end of life care, loss and grief.

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