De­men­tia as­sis­tance

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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