The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to provide additional support for elderly patients.
Griffin will host a HELP training session on Fridays, Feb. 17 and 24 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Interested individuals can call 203-732-1553 for more information.
Research shows that between 30 and 50 percent of seniors can experience a decline in their physical and cognitive abilities during a hospital stay. HELP is a comprehensive, evidence-based, patient care program that provides important connections between volunteers and patients, including meal time assistance, daily orientation, therapeutic activities, walking and exercise, to help patients maintain their optimal level of well-being.
HELP volunteers also work in partnership with the doctors and Nursing staff to highlight issues specific to geriatric care and to provide education to patients and their families.
Anyone 18 years and older is eligible to volunteer for HELP. No previous medical experience is required, and training and supervision are provided. Volunteers are required to give a minimum six-month commitment of one four-hour shift per week. The program is most needed on weekdays from 4-8 p.m. Limited day shifts are also available.
College students looking to enter the medical field are encouraged to apply as this opportunity will provide hands-on patient care experience. College scholarship incentives are also available.
Visit griffinhealth.org/volunteer for more information.