Old folk to get support

Helping hand: The RVS volunteers go into hospitals to help older patients
Helping hand: The RVS volunteers go into hospitals to help older patients
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Volunteers will give a helping hand to older people worried about going into hospital.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is recruiting people who can offer support to elderly patients while they are on the wards at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

Together with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the RVS is working to improve the wellbeing of older patients, with a focus on social care for those with long-term conditions such as dementia.

To help provide the service, the charity is looking for more volunteers to be part of the on-ward team, working alongside the nursing and medical staff to be a caring presence patients at the hospital.

Kim Snape, service assistant for the Royal Voluntary Service on-ward scheme, said: “This is a really important service for older patients at the hospital.

“The volunteers can look forward to making a real difference to those people with long-term conditions; small acts of kindness such as taking the time to have a chat and reading a book have a big impact on their wellbeing.

“We know our volunteers receive a huge amount of pleasure from their work and get as much out of volunteering as they put in.”

Volunteers will be needed seven days a week, and must commit to a minimum of two hours on the day they attend.

Full training and an induction service will be provided.

Denise Morris, public health co-ordinator at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Activities such as chatting to patients, reading with them or playing cards with them really helps to keep patients physically and mentally active and sociable, which is so important for the elderly. It is part of a wider initiative that we have launched in our hospitals to improve care.”

Call Kim on 01200 442513, or see www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk