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Make Bringing and Receiving Good Health Your New Year’s Resolution - Volunteer at Griffin Hospital

By Griffin Hospital on 12/29/2015
As many of us make plans to improve their health and wellbeing in 2016, it should be noted that volunteering is a great way to help others in your community and can be a way to improve your own health as well.

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, research has shown that individuals who volunteer in their community experience physical and mental health benefits through receiving a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Countless volunteers at Griffin Hospital have experienced joy and satisfaction in doing new and rewarding volunteer work. Whether it’s making fresh baked muffins for patients and caregivers, driving the parking lot courtesy shuttle or providing one of the hospital’s complimentary healing amenities, Griffin volunteers say there is no other feeling like putting a needed smile on someone’s face.

As a hospital committed to the Planetree patient-centered model of care, Griffin Hospital offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that allow individuals to use their skills in providing a more comfortable -- and therefore better -- healing environment for its patients.

Planetree is an innovative model of healthcare that puts patients’ needs first. Planetree designated hospitals shape every aspect of their care by the Planetree principles, including welcoming and comfortable interiors and service, and an emphasis on patient and family involvement.

Volunteers play a critical role in providing this exceptional care at Griffin Hospital. Starting with a patient’s first step in the door at the hospital, Volunteer Ambassadors escort the patient to his or her appointment. These ambassadors also assist visitors and caregivers in finding their loved one’s location in the hospital.

Room Service Volunteers visit patients to tell them about all the Planetree amenities, including complementary soft touch massage, therapeutic touch or Reiki treatments, therapy dog visits, guided imagery meditation, aroma therapy, portable DVD players or a fresh-baked cookie or muffin. In addition to being the messengers about these services, Griffin Hospital offers opportunities to become one of the many volunteer providers of these services, offering training in each.

Volunteer therapy dogs and their owners are also needed. People and Animals Working in Spirit (P.A.W.S.) bring smiles to the faces of patients as only the human-canine connection can. Each therapy dog must pass a rigorous behavior and medical screening prior to entry to our program. All breeds of dogs who qualify for testing for this work are welcome.

Every Griffin Hospital volunteer is required to attend a three-hour orientation, followed by a training session for their particular assignment. After four hours of service, volunteers are entitled to a free meal ticket at the hospital’s Dining Room for the day they volunteer.

So, in addition to trying to improve your health in 2016, take a look into building care and compassion in your community. You’ll find that volunteering at Griffin Hospital offers you an opportunity to focus on your physical and spiritual wellness for the New Year.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities at Griffin Hospital, call 203.732.7555 or visit griffinhealth.org.




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