This role involves nurse led volunteering, in consultation with ward staff and the patient. The support provided by volunteers will complement but not replace the care provided by nursing, medical and allied health staff. The volunteer will interact one on one with patients under the guidance of the nursing team, utilising a volunteer support care plan with each patient.
Volunteer support may include encouragement with eating and drinking, encouragement with walking and exercising, offering foot and hand massage (if the volunteer is comfortable to do so) and providing social and cognitive stimulation with activities such as reading newspapers and participating in (word) games, depending on the individual patient. This role will suit volunteers with a high standard of communication skills, and a high level of emotional intelligence, who are interested in enhancing the hospital experience of long-term patients. Ideally, volunteers will be able to commit to one typical shift period of three to four hours each week (Monday to Friday, usually within 7am – 1.00 pm or within 2pm-6pm).