Befriender and Support for Older People

Befriender and Support for Older People

Posted for Malmesbury Lawn

Posted by Volunteer First

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The role of a care home volunteer is to improve and enhance the health, wellbeing and lives of the residents. A key part of this volunteer role will be to provide company and support to residents within the home. This role is not a substitute for paid work, but will greatly compliment the work the staff at the home do.

Main tasks (these will be defined by the volunteer leader when you start):

  • Befriending – talking to residents and helping them reminisce, talk about their interests and families
  • Helping residents join in activities that are tailored to their abilities using the PAL resource.
  • Accompanying residents on short trips outside the home with the staff
  • Supporting residents to continue their hobbies that staff may not be able to help with, such as knitting, crocheting, gardening, painting etc,

What skills do I need?

  • Patient, empathic and caring nature
  • Good listener
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team
  • Ability to communicate with those who may have complex support needs
  • Non judgmental
  • Able to adapt to situations, behaviours and moods
  • Previous experience of supporting people with dementia is beneficial but you will be supported with basic training and lots of guidance anyway
  • Additional skills that would be useful would be; Music, Art, Gardening

No experience of helping older people is necessary, however, if you feel you have specific skill that would benefit the home then please discuss this with the volunteer lead.

Posted for Malmesbury Lawn

Posted by Volunteer First

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Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When is this role available?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Location:

Malmesbury Lawn Care Home
Woolston Road
Havant
Hampshire
PO9 4JY

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