HOSPITAL volunteers willing to provide comfort and support to patients with dementia are needed to help assist with recovery.
St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals is introducing VITAL following a pilot program.
Volunteers provide a friendly face, emotional support and practical assistance to patients with cognitive impairment such as dementia and delirium.
VITAL is based on a similar program in New South Wales, which found patients with cognitive impairment benefited from person- centred care and meaningful engagement.
Midland hospitals volunteer services co- ordinator Jenni Brown said the program showed one- on- one support and care helped reduce patients’ anxiety and distress levels when in an unfamiliar environment.
“The volunteers provide similar emotional security and care that a loved one or carer would provide to a patient,” Ms Brown said.
“Feedback has been extremely positive since we launched the pilot last September.
To find out more, email Midland. Volunteer@ sjog. org. au or call 9462 5409.
VITAL volunteer Willemina Achterkamp is supporting patients with dementia at Midland hospitals.