Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) Volunteer
(Guelph General Hospital)

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Position ID: V-GUE1719 Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 Last Full Update: 03 Apr 2014
Opportunity Details
ContactLaura Hutchings, Director, Volunteer Services, Guelph General Hospital; Phone: 519-837-6440 ext 2398; Email:
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Position DescriptionFamiliarize yourself with the activity assigned, get needed supplies and present the activity enthusiastically. Encourage participation; be positive; Engage patient in their therapeutic activity for at least 10 minutes each shift. Offer them every opportunity to show you how to perform the activity; Record observations on Volunteer Assignment sheet;  
Volunteers will create a friendly environment by providing support, encouragement and companionship, but also provide specific assistance in 4 volunteer intervention program;  
Visiting- socialization to prevent mental confusion during hospitalization;  
Feeding Assistance- meal assistance and companionship;  
Early Mobilization- assistance with walking and simple exercises 
Therapeutic Activities- activities to keep patients mentally stimulated during hospital stay
BenefitsAssisting older adults in their recovery/treatment process; Resume experience; Free parking; Free beverage on your shift; Opportunity for ongoing educational/training sessions (ie: Service Excellence, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) 
ClientsPatients admitted to hospital 
Staff and visitors
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable For, But Not Limited ToNew Canadians ; Older Adults ; Post-Secondary Students
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-7:00pm) 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-7:00pm) 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-7:00pm) 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-7:00pm) 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-7:00pm) 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
SeasonsYear Round
Location of Volunteer ActivityGuelph General Hospital
Number of PositionsGuelph: 10 individual(s)
Minimum Hours3 / Week
Commitment LengthLong Term (1 yr +) - Minimum of 1 year commitment; students must commit Sept-April.
TrainingOrientation ; Scheduled training - 16 hours of specific classroom training for the HELP program ; Training on the job - 16 hours training on the job
TransportationOn Bus Route
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Display Until31 Mar 2015
CostCost to purchase uniform 
Potential cost to update medical form
Police CheckRequired
Areas of InterestHealth & Medical ; Working with Older Adults
Skills/ExperienceExcellent customer service skills and positive attitude; Outgoing, friendly and perceptive personality; Willing to take the initiative to get things done, yet able to follow instructions; Caring and compassionate.
Additional RequirementsSuccessful applicants must provide updated proof of immunization and a 2 step TB test
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Organization NameGuelph General Hospital
Office PhoneReception and patient inquiries 519-822-5350 * Automated telephone 519-837-6440 * Emergency 519-837-6420
Address & Map
115 Delhi St
Guelph, ON N1E 4J4
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