Volunteers make for a more pleasant hospital stay

It can be a bit lonely sitting in hospital to heal. The doctors and nurses do their best to make the stay comfortable but it can be lonely, especially when your family lives far away and is unable to visit.

At Boonah Hospital, social worker Alison Stenzel and Director of Nursing Facility Manager Leonie Gavioloi recognised this problem, and partnered with Churches of Christ in Queensland’s
volunteers
, who now visit patients at the hospital to make their stay a bit more pleasant and less isolated.

For over a year, a small band of volunteers have visited the hospital to provide companionship to patients in hospital.

The volunteers are registered, trained and supported by Community Chaplain Honni Hayton.

The “quiet achievers” support patients in various ways, such as playing cards, doing craft, reading to them, and even taking them out for morning tea at local coffee shops.

The volunteers also work closely with the hospital’s Diversional Therapist Pam Cairncross to facilitate activities such as craft and the crowd favourite, Bingo!

The program has made a big difference to the patients in the hospital, and it is in need of more volunteers so all week days are covered.

“A friendly face, a warm smile, and cheerful greeting does wonders for our patients,” Honni said. “Too often patients have no visitors and our volunteer’s step-in and help fill the void.”
Alison Stenzel explained the hospital  has “patients from other districts who  may be in rehabilitation here for several months or waiting for an aged care facility placement”.

“They have no local contacts and there is no public transport from their home locations so they have no one to visit them. They become very lonely and isolated.

“The medical staff do a fantastic job and do their best to make patients’ stays comfortable but they simply do not have the time to interact socially.“Friendly volunteers make all the
difference.”

Go to imaginevolunteering.com.au, call 1300 760 722 or email volunteers@cofcqld.com.au today to find out more about volunteering with Churches of
Christ in Queensland.

 

Posted January 24, 2018 in Our blog