The Guardian Angel Program was organized by San Diego County Supervisors Dianne Jacobs and Pam Slater-Price to reduce the isolation of seniors residing in long-term care facilities.
Since 2001, George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc.(GGG/AFC) have facilitated and overseen the growth of The Guardian Angel Program. The Guardian Angel Program to date has served nearly 100,000 seniors throughout all San Diego County regions. With the dedication of GGG/AFC to seniors affected by memory impairment diseases, volunteers are trained and educated about various senior related issues they may face.
The Guardian Angel volunteers are trained to adapt to the needs of the seniors they visit. Each volunteer is interviewed, fingerprinted, TB tested and attend a 4 hour orientation before being placed in any facility. Potential placements include: skilled nursing facilities, assisted living/memory care facilities, convalescent homes, adult day programs, board and cares. Each volunteer must agree to a short-term commitment of 6 months to the program and a minimum of 3 hours/2 visits per month. This will ensure consistency of engagement/interaction, giving the resident monthly visits to look forward to.
Where We Could Use Your Help
One-On-One Support: Visit with a senior, engage in conversation, embark on a social stroll, present various activities or just be an active listener.
Activity Support: Engage seniors in a game of bingo, bridge, bocce ball, “name that tune” and much more. Facilities are always looking for energetic volunteers willing to lend their creativity.
Pet/Music & Art Therapy: If you have a therapy certified pet or special music/art talent you can engage seniors through a guided class or with your furry companion.
Community Outreach: Support program growth by attending health fairs, community fairs and/or help recruitment in your social network. We will provide information regarding events throughout the year if you express interest in community outreach. (This is an opportunity outside of the minimum required facility volunteerism)
Memory Cafe Volunteer: Providing support for a group concerned about memory loss. Engage in social interaction with attendees, present feedback and engage in activities. (locations include: Chula Vista, Escondido, Hillcrest, Poway and Solana Beach)