The Dufferin Area Family Health Team is proud to be part of the Health TAPESTRY Program. Health TAPESTRY works to help people stay healthier for longer in the places where they live. We do this by bringing together health care teams, volunteers, the community and technology. Health TAPESTRY was developed and is led by the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine. Health TAPESTRY is identifying people at risk before they need invasive and expensive interventions, like going to a hospital. We work with these people and their communities to help them be healthier, where they live, for longer.
We are looking for volunteers for the Dufferin Region!
Health TAPESTRY volunteers help extend the reach of our interprofessional health care teams. By visiting the homes of our clients, volunteers can help those teams connect better with at-risk populations. Volunteers may do this by bringing information about clients to the interprofessional team and by helping those teams be more responsive to the needs of their clients. Volunteers also play an important role in supporting clients to meet their goals and assist them with staying healthy longer.
Health TAPESTRY views volunteers as a very important part of a client’s circle of care. They are considered “health connectors,” who help connect clients, the health care system and the community. Health TAPESTRY volunteers are:
· given the opportunity to engage clients according to their abilities, skills and talents;
· trained and supported;
· asked for their feedback to help improve the Health TAPESTRY program;
· involved in a program that improves primary health care locally and across Canada.
If you would like more information about being a Health TAPESTRY volunteer, please email Danielle Mischkot at HTAPDufferin@redcross.ca