|Contact||Emma Flannery, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Alzheimer’s Society|
What is being done?
The hospital befriending scheme at the Royal United Hospital in Bath is a new and exciting volunteering activity led by the local Alzheimer’s Society. The pilot scheme extends the existing befriending carried out in the community into a hospital setting.
What is new and different?
Volunteers provide companionship and re-assurance to people with dementia helping them to take part in social and recreational activities.
What difference this seems to be making
The well-being of people with dementia is significantly improved by participating in social and recreational activities.
Plans for taking the project forward
Recruitment of volunteers to the befriending scheme is ongoing.