Volunteer Application for Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP) during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on Canadians, and unfortunately one of the most vulnerable populations includes seniors at risk of social isolation. The Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP) is a very successful program at U of T (and has now expanded to many other provinces). We are partnering with U of T to bring a similar program to Saskatchewan. Our initiative partners medical students with elderly patients in the community assigned through a Saskatoon-based academic Family Health Team, to provide regular check-ins for patient education on COVID-19 and social comfort. Student volunteers will be expected to call their assigned group of elderly friends at least once weekly for an approximately 20 minute check-in phone call, as well as respond to a volunteer coordinator to track their work and progress.
This initiative aims to reduce the significant problem of social isolation amongst seniors, which increases risk of conditions including but not limited to depression, drug dependency, hospitalization, and mortality. Additionally, it will help triage elderly patients from visiting hospital EDs and COVID assessment centers unless indicated, reducing their risk of exposure.
Please spread this form around to your College of Medicine friends who may be interested in helping our most vulnerable patients during this crisis! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
Do you speak any other languages besides English (Not necessary but would be helpful for some individuals)
How many hours are you willing to volunteer per week?
Are you a UofS medical Student? (Currently we are only recruiting UofS medical students but we will keep your info and reach out if we need more help)
Are you open to video-calling a patient?
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