Community members who are passionate about volunteering have been invited to get involved with a new program to support older people at Shoalhaven Hospital.
The Volunteers Assisting and Supporting Elderly patients (VASE) program aims to provide social, emotional and practical support to patients to enhance their care.
Shoalhaven Hospital Nurse Unit Manager, Nicole Ledger, said the new program will have many benefits, not just for the patients, but also the volunteers.
“The VASE initiative will complement our ‘Fit for Frailty’ program and will support our shared goals of physical and emotional wellness and recovery for older patients," she said.
“We are calling for volunteers in the Shoalhaven to help us by engaging with our patients – whether it’s going for a walk, helping with meals, playing board games or simply just having a chat.
Volunteer Robyn Hill said her experience has been very rewarding.
“Being a volunteer with the Local Health District allows me to take the time to really get to know a person and learn about their past," she said.
"The more we know about a person the more we can help them, which is very satisfying."
Extensive training is provided and new volunteers work alongside experienced people to gain practical skills. They are also provided with ongoing education and support.
“Volunteers are a diverse group with varied skills, life experiences and backgrounds. What they have in common is empathy and a passion for helping people, both essential to volunteering,” Ms Ledger said.
If you are interested in becoming a valued volunteer, contact volunteer coordinator Elanne Thompson: 4464 6985 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Ledger on 44291629, email@example.com