Can you make a difference to elderly patients within a health setting? Patients that have been in hospital for a prolonged period of time can experience isolation and frustration due to a lack of stimulation and visitors. We are looking for mature, confident volunteers with plenty of life experience to help improve the patients’ stay.
Ward 14 Medical at the Royal Alexandra Hospital provides clinical care to a wide range of patients. The ward is a 24 bedded unit, providing care to male & female patients requiring general medical care. The age of patients’ ranges from 14 upwards, however there has been a significant increase in elderly patients.
The primary role of the volunteer is to volunteers to assist during meal times; tasks would involve assisting the patients to sit down and eat together at a communal dining area; laying out place mats and cutlery and generally encouraging them to eat and drink. Prior to mealtimes, volunteers can assist with implementing good practice in hand hygiene.
A secondary focus is to provide friendship and stimulation for elderly patients, many of whom will have some form of cognitive impairment. Typical duties would involve chatting to patients, reading a magazine etc. exploring the patient’s personal interests, generally getting to know them, about their lives; their likes/dislikes etc. Volunteers can enahnce their experience in hospital and potentially avoid them becoming frustrated, which can stem from prolonged periods of time where stimulation is lacking. Many of these patients don’t have visitors.
Greater Glasgow & Clyde are very proud of our volunteers who give their time so selflessly to provide support to our patients, staff and visitors. They come from all walks of life, and from youngest to oldest, they make a valuable contribution to enhance many of the services we provide to our patients. The one thing our volunteers have in common is the desire to make a difference, and they do.
Due to the nature of the role, volunteers that are more mature are desirable.
Experience required: We need volunteers to be mature, confident & friendly for this role. Ability to use initiative and experience of being around an elderly relative, neighbour/friend would beneficial. The ability to interact well with patients and staff is essential.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed by the project staff.
Training details: Regular support & supervision will be provided by the project coordinator, but whilst on the ward, volunteers will be advised of named support staff on the ward. Full induction training will be provided.