Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

Purpose

  • Visit hospitalized older adult patients daily and provide assistance with orienting, therapeutic activities, walking and/or exercising, and meal assistance
  • Provide empathetic support as well as companionship for older patients and families coping with acute illness and hospitalization

Reports To

Nancy Joyce

Elder Life Specialist

Division of Geriatrics

Days/Hours

Varies, Monday through Friday

**A minimum time commitment of one shift per week for six months is required

Qualifications

  • Reliable and caring; enjoy working with older patients
  • Discreet, empathetic behavior and ability to exercise diplomacy in talking to patients, patient’s family and staff
  • Ability to work independently and assume responsibility while providing non-clinical care
  • Ability to refer questions to staff as needed
  • Complete 12 hours of HELP Classroom Volunteer Training, & Complete Shadowing shifts (follow experienced volunteer, be followed by experienced volunteer).

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Daily visits to patients enrolled in HELP to provide support and orienting communication
  • Participate in the therapeutic activities program by providing mentally stimulating activities at the bedside such as trivia, current events, etc.
  • Assist in the early mobilization program by walking active patients and performing range of motion exercises with bedridden patients
  • Provide assistance and companionship during meals
  • Assist HELP staff members as requested which may include patient rounding on the units, office work assistance, etc.