Part-time, Volunteer, Companionship, Dementia

September 17, 2021

Mon., Aug. 23

A Friend for Rachel 

Position Description
A Friend for Rachel is seeking volunteers who have professional interests in healthcare careers and are willing to provide ongoing companionship to people with early-stage dementia.

Responsibilities Include

  • Helping people with early-stage dementia continue to enjoy their interests, remain active, be involved in meaningful activity, develop new relationships, and avoid isolation
  • Providing respite time for the family caregiver
  • Gaining a thorough understanding of a very complex disease, which is considered a public health crisis
  • Developing a meaningful relationship with a person with dementia
  • Writing weekly reflections on experiences and learning
  • Understanding dementia and cognitive impairment

Position Requirements

  • Must have professional interests in a healthcare career 
  • Must be a junior, senior, or postbac student
  • Spend 2 hours per week with your “friend” and their caregiver on zoom meetings and explorations
  • Attend monthly zoom training sessions (For fall: Oct. 3, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 12)

Time Commitment
Part-time, 2 hours per week. Must attend monthly Zoom training sessions.

To apply, please fill out this online application by Sept. 17. For more details, attend the information session on Sept. 12.