The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney is looking for locals art and music minded to partake in art and music activities with elderly patients whilst they are in hospital, in the interest of helping them recover, have fun and express themselves during their stay.
This is part of their recently implemented ReViVe program which is a model of care for the prevention and management of delirium. Delirium is a mental state in which you are confused and unable to think or speak clearly. Delirium is present in just 1-2% of the overall community, but increases to 14–24% during hospital admission, increasing again to as high as 56% of patients during longer hospital stays.
In an attempt to address this, the program involves training volunteers to assist hospitalised elderly to maintain alertness and decrease boredom through art sessions, reading, writing, talking, playing board games, trivia and reminiscing.
The ReViVe program is based on the Yale HELP trial which demonstrated a one-third reduction in the incidence and number of days with delirium.
What a difference volunteers can make.
If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to pursue, volunteer here.
I run volunteer art and craft classes with the elderly in aged care at local nursing homes and enjoy seeing them respond to the activities as they try something new. I often find that craft prompts positive memories; they remember books, people and events from earlier in their lives and we have conversations about the way things were then and are now.
If you are employed by a nursing home and would like me to run a one hour group art and craft activity please contact me. If you have a parent as a resident in an aged care facility, please ask the staff there to request the volunteer session, or you can look at my gift packages page.
For volunteer sessions click on volunteering.