Friendly Visiting

Friendly visitors work on a one-to-one basis with long-term patients residing in the hospital. They spend quality time and become a friend with patients who may be socially isolated or not receiving the social stimulation or emotional support they may require. Companionship is the key to this program. Depending on their interests and abilities, the pair may have a friendly conversation, play a game or discuss the news.



Requirements & Desirable Characteristics:

  • Minimum age requirement: 18 years and older
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Punctual, warm and caring, cheerful, patient and friendly
  • Interested in working with older adults
  • Ability to respect the privacy and feelings of others
  • Be a good listener
  • Ability to initiate a conversation
  • Successful completion of Vulnerable Sector Police Clearance
  • TB Skin Test


  • Volunteers are recommended to visit once a week for approximately one hour which will be tracked through a sign in and out sheet.