Volunteer West Island, a non-profit organization supporting the needs of volunteers and of community organizations requiring volunteer help, also provides community-based health and support services to seniors, delivering innovative programs through community partnerships. With this in mind, VWI and Caring Paws Animal Therapy (CPAT, formerly part of Therapeutic Paws of Canada) have teamed up!
Through this partnership, a group of dedicated volunteers will now provide therapy dog and cat visits to various facilities throughout the West Island and surrounding community. In recognition of the therapeutic bond existing between animals and people, this program is offered to those in retirement homes, hospitals, long-term care facilities, universities, CEGEPS, and other public facilities.
Research AND experience have shown that connecting with pets not only provide companionship and comfort, but can help reduce anxiety and agitation, stimulate conversation, improve reading skills, and decrease stress during exam periods.
This is a free service, although donations are welcome. Receipts provided by VWI for donations of more than $10.
Interested in volunteering, or wish to request a CPAT visit at your community organization?
For more information about the VWI/CARING PAWS service, please call (514) 457-5445.
What’s new at Volunteer West Island? Another community partnership! VWI and PAIR have joined forces to provide an essential service for West Island residents.
The PAIR Program is a free automated call service to verify that residents are in good health, or perhaps to remind them to take their medication, thus providing a way for seniors to maintain their autonomy and give their family members peace of mind.
This service is provided by 71 local agencies and covers more than 930 municipalities. In Québec, it has already contributed to saving 300 lives and presently has over 3 800 subscribers. The group operating this complex computer system is located in LaSalle and was looking for a community group willing to develop it across the West Island. As of January 2016, Volunteer West Island will now carry this service for the West Island. The PAIR program complements VWI’s existing telephone reassurance Contact program.
Subscribers receive calls at predetermined hours, once or more per day. If the subscriber does not answer the call, an alert is launched. A verification is systematically engaged by the persons in charge of the system to check if the subscriber is in distress. All emergencies are coordinated by le Vieux Moulin.
VWI will train volunteers to visit seniors in their home and register them for the service.
For additional information or to volunteer please call (514) 457-5445.