« A response to a long awaited need in our community »

The number of elderly is on a constant increase and their specific needs require particular attention. Furthermore, the immediate family members who assist their elders, are most often overburdened and overwhelmed with this shift in constant dependency. Although, they realize that placement in residences or nursing homes is not yet warranted they nonetheless, feel fatigued and want a temporary relief. The “Répit Actif” project answers to this immediate need in our community.

The purpose of this pilot program is to assist and support the family members of these elders, by providing them with trained companions/helpers to accompany their loved ones in their homes on a temporary basis. It could be a few hours or even a few days! In doing so, the family members receive some respite in order to renew themselves and forge forward with the challenge that lies ahead.

The program is funded by the “Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés” over the course of three years and has specific objectives each year.

On an immediate note, Hay Doun is searching for five Armenian candidates who do not have any formal educational background in the field but have a desire to help elders, are compassionate, friendly, reliable, and have flexible hours. Hay Doun will offer training in collaboration with the Ometz Agency and our participants will follow their companion for seniors training program (given in English).

It entails the following:
• A total of an 18 week training program which encompasses, 8 weeks of theory and 10 weeks of supervised field placement in homes and residences. The 8 weeks of theory are given on MON/TUE/WED/THU. 10 am to 2 pm mostly at Ometz located on Côte-St-Catherine road (close to Décarie and metro Côte- St-Catherine);
• A CPR Certificate from the Heart and Stroke Foundation ;
• Alzheimer’s care Certificate from Alzheimer Society of Canada.
• CV preparation, resources and job search techniques as well as a certificate of successful completion from Ometz.

The sessions begin September 12th and follow through until January 26th 2012. The cost of the training will be assumed by Hay Doun. This is a rare opportunity for candidates who always desired to broaden their horizons and begin giving a professional hand to the frail seniors in our community.

All interested candidates or for further inquiries on this project you can contact Ms. Narod Odabasiyan at Hay Doun, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. , (514) 276-9479 ext.4.
There will be a registration and a selection process. The deadline for registration is September 5th at 3 p.m. The elders and their families who are in much needed respite await you!

Stay posted to read further details and objectives of this project in future issues. We initially need to train the companions and then we can begin helping the families in the immediate future. For Hay Doun supporting you continues to be a “mission without borders!”

Board of Directors, Hay Doun