Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
In-Home Visitor Program
VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program
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The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS), Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program focuses on improving quality of life for housebound Veterans. Today’s Veterans are living longer and healthier lives and many wish to remain in the comfort of their own home environment with their loved ones rather than seeking hospitalization or institutional based long-term care. The VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program is a special program that provides support for Veterans who wish to age in place.
The VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program matches VA volunteers with housebound Veterans in their own neighborhoods. Visits occur usually once or twice per week and each visit is from 1-4 hours. The volunteer provides companionship for an otherwise socially isolated Veteran. Volunteer visitors engage the Veteran in conversation and activities such as crafts, projects or games. Veterans appreciate having a friendly visitor and advocate.
VA Volunteer In-Home Visitors may also provide a much-needed break for an unpaid caregiver. Although the volunteer DOES NOT provide any hands-on care, they are trained in emergency procedures allowing the caregiver to leave when appropriate or have some time to themselves. It is essential for a full-time caregiver to recharge and take care of themselves in order to continue to provide quality care for their loved one.
A VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor also provides support and advocacy. The visitor is an extra pair of eyes and ears to recognize safety issues and prevent accidents and injuries. Volunteers are often the first to notice changes in the housebound Veteran and by relaying their observations to VA providers they facilitate early intervention of illness or injury, increasing the likelihood of recovery. The volunteer is encouraged to be and advocate to ensure that the Veteran’s needs are being met.
VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor Assignment
Volunteers visit homebound Veterans once or twice a week for a few hours to provide quality socialization and friendly companionship which may include:
- Conversation and companionship
- Reading out loud to the Veteran
- Work on collections or hobbies
- Discuss current affairs/events
- Reminiscing/sharing stories
- Writing letters or memoirs
- Playing/listening to music
- Looking through photos
- Playing cards or games
- Watching TV or movies
- Neighborhood walks
- Arts and crafts
VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor – Volunteer
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, caring, compassionate, reliable and interested in improving the quality of life for our nations Heroes. The Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program is unique, the time commitment is minimal, schedule is flexible, and assignment is usually within the volunteer’s own neighborhood. Volunteer assignments often develop into mutually rewarding long-term friendships with the Veterans, family members and caregivers.
VA Volunteer In-Home Visitor must complete the following:
- VA Volunteer Application Package
- Information and Interview Session
- New Volunteer Orientation
- Fingerprint Background Check. (Approval/Clearance is Mandatory)
- Tuberculin (TB) Screening
- Provide 2 Positive References
- Volunteer In-Home Visitor Training (8 hours)
- 10 Hours of Visiting with Veterans in a Supervised Setting
- Be in Good General Health and Free of Communicable Disease
- Be Reliable and Flexible
- Have Reliable Transportation
- 1 Year Commitment
For further information please e-mail the Volunteer In-Home Visitor Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call SAVAHCS Voluntary Service Office at 520-629-1822.