Essential members of our team are our volunteers. They assist during our sessions by helping with games, puzzles, taking time for one on one conversations, preparing snacks, and helping with all the activities planned for that day. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of success for all of our participants.
Volunteers must be reliable, patient, courteous, friendly, and have empathy, and sympathy for the difficulty our participants live with.
The majority of our participants have some form of dementia and may display a range of behaviors from simple memory loss to disorientation and/or inability to understand their circumstances and surroundings. They can be uncooperative, verbal, non-verbal, rude, disruptive, can wander off, and even on rare occasions become angry. We do not accept participants who are very disruptive, but we cannot discount the possibility that at some time someone will start to display unacceptable behavior. Volunteers must be able to handle this behavior with understanding and compassion. The Perfect Place addresses these issues during volunteer orientation.
Regular in-service training is offered to volunteers throughout the year.