You will be providing one to one short-term practical support for up to 6 weeks after a hospital stay, which enables the person to return home with confidence when no other support is available from family and friends. You will offering friendly and confidential support and companionship for older people returning home from hospital.
You will also provide low level practical help such as prescription collection, assisted shopping, petcare, help in the home etc and provide transport or help in accessing transport.
You will check on the older person’s welfare upon return from hospital. This will include providing assistance on the day of their discharge and settling them in at home. Circumstances may allow for a prior hospital visit to the person and more planned preparation for the return home.
Finally, you will help the older person access other services if required.
Royal Voluntary Service helps thousands of older people to live the life they want. We provide practical services in homes, in hospitals and in communities all across the UK so people can be independent and active. Much of our work is supporting older people. We provide practical solutions to everyday problems of loneliness and isolation.
Experience required: Friendly personality, good communication and listening skills and confidentiality.
Travel details: This post will require the use of personal transport or public transport within Dundee. We would make every attempt to match a volunteer with a service user in the same area.
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Mileage expenses for use of private transport at the current rate of 45p per mile, cost of any public transport and any reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. Buses 5, X5, 14, 17, 16, 16A, 16B and 77.
Training details: Training and materials will be provided. After an introduction to the volunteer role and the organisation, the volunteer will complete our online modules. Regular support meetings would be arranged with the service manager.
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