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Covid 19 Information

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Where: Willow Ward, Charlton Lane Hospital, Cheltenham
Commitment: Lunchtimes (12pm-2pm) and evening meal time (4pm-6pm). 1-2 sessions per week

Full Details: Download PDF here

About the role:

Nutrition and hydration is a really important part of both physical and mental wellbeing for those who experience dementia and need the support of our hospital care.

For a variety of reasons, people with dementia may need additional support at meal times to ensure that they can eat and drink. Finding the motivation to eat and drink and concentrate during meal times can be difficult and people on the ward benefit from support.

We are looking for people to work with us in a volunteer role to work alongside nursing staff to support individuals and help make meal times a positive experience.

Key elements of volunteer role:

  • Help patients to lay the tables maintaining familiar roles and skills
  • Sit with and accompany patients through meal times, encouraging eating and drinking at their pace.
  • Help with physical aspects of eating and drinking including cutting up food, supporting lifting cups, cutlery etc.
  • Offer reassurance and engage in conversation to make meal times enjoyable.

Please note: There is a high training requirement for this role. We are therefore looking for individuals who can make a long term commitment.