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.
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;
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.
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 beneficial. Excellent communication skills Ability to work independently Patience and empathy Reliable A caring manner Ability to work confidentially
Travel details: Ward 3, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Corsebar Road, Paisley, PA2 9PN.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonably agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed by Project staff.
Training details: Support/supervision provided by Project Co-ordinator. Volunteers will be advised of named support staff on ward. A short orientation will be given to the ward along with Mandatory Induction material.