Ward 14 Volunteers - RAH

  • VO56848


Description

Ward 14 provides clinical care to a wide range of patients. It is a 24 bedded unit, providing care to male/female patients. Ages range from 14 upwards, however, there has been a significant increase in elderly patients.

The ward is fast-paced, with many patients’ requiring acute medical interventions and a great deal of medical and nursing attention. Some may be medically well, which require less medical nursing attention, but due to complex social circumstances, may lead to them spending many months in hospital whilst awaiting appropriate plans for safe discharge, either home or to a care home environment.

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/ frustration due to lack of stimulation and visitors. We are looking for mature, confident volunteers with plenty of life experience to help improve the patients’ stay.

The main role of the volunteer is to provide friendship and stimulation for elderly patients, many of whom will have some form of cognitive impairment. Tasks will include:

  • Chatting to patients on a one to one basis and exploring personal interests
  • Reading to patients or playing games such as dominos, board games and crosswords
  • Providing verbal encouragement and support to patient during mealtimes

Volunteers can enhance 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.

Restrictions

12 months commitment. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a week. The first volunteer shifts start at 11.30 am and the last shift available would finish no later than 7 pm. We have slots available on weekdays & weekends.
Experience required: Volunteers to be mature/confident. Experience around an elderly relative, neighbour/friend would be beneficial. Excellent communication skills Work independently Patience and empathy Reliable A caring manner Ability to work confidentially
Travel details: Ward 14, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Corsebar Road, Paisley, PA2 9PN.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonably agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed by the project staff.
Training details: Support/supervision provided by Project Co-ordinator. Volunteers will be advised of named support staff on ward. Short orientation to ward along with Mandatory Induction material.

Last updated 3 months ago