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Help us help others - volunteers needed in time of crisis
Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare call for volunteers to help older people during coronavirus crisis.
Luxury care home providers, Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare are calling on members of the public to help them help others as volunteers needed during these challenging times.
As well as the brave, hardworking and committed staff working in the NHS, team members across care homes and other care settings have been going above and beyond to keep older, vulnerable people safe and well. There is now the opportunity for members of the local community to help do their bit too.
Natalie-Jane Macdonald, UK CEO said: “Like the NHS, we are looking for volunteers to lend a hand so that we can continue providing the best possible care and support to residents in our homes, as well as people living in the surrounding areas. It’s important we all come together - whether it's by volunteering for the NHS, or with a social care provider – we can all make a huge difference."
No previous care experience is required. Volunteers would be asked to visit the homes and could help with the following:
- Assisting with meals and drinks
- Supporting residents to FaceTime their loved ones
- Accompanying residents when they go out for walks in the garden
- Supporting with fun activities (in very small groups)
- Talking with, reading to and spending time with residents
- Supporting housekeeping, laundry and kitchen staff as required
- Collecting prescriptions and medicines as required
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, is also complementing the NHS’ message with ‘social care needs you too’. Read his letter here.
Martin Green, CEO at Care England, said: “The adult social care sector too will require the support of the nation in the coming months. We encourage those who are willing and able, to do so by joining the adult social care workforce.”
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