By Peggy Wallace
The Junior Volunteer Program at the Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor provides an incredible opportunity for students to work with a number of health care professionals, gain work experience and accumulate their community service hours. The residents, clients, and patients of the Hospital and Manor benefit from their interactions with the younger generation and vice versa.
The 2016 Junior Volunteer Program will run at the Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor from July 4th to September 2nd. The volunteers will have opportunities in areas such as Physiotherapy, Day Hospital, the Medical/Surgical Unit, the Obstetrics Unit, Rosamond Wing, Fairview Manor Recreation, Administration, Hairdressing, and Volunteer Services. They will work one week, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with four different positions available weekly to choose from. General training is provided to all of the volunteers, as well as specific training for individual roles. The Student Volunteer Leader for the 2016 Junior Volunteer Program is Melissa Costello.
The students will leave with an appreciation for those in the health care system and a sense of accomplishment. If you are a student in and around the Almonte area who has graduated from Grade 8 or are currently in high school, call Volunteer Services at 613-256-2514 ext. 2226, or email email@example.com for more information.
Information is also available at www.almontegeneral.com (Volunteers tab).
Physiotherapy and Day Hospital are partnering with the Rehabilitative Care Alliance to participate in a province wide project to evaluate a new outcome measure, the WatLX Patient Experience Survey, over the next several months.
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) is an Ontario-wide non-profit collaborative working with healthcare groups across the province to improve rehab services. The work of the Alliance aligns with and builds upon Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care priorities and directions and other province-wide initiatives.
Out – Patients in the two departments will be asked to complete the WatLX Patient Experience Measure, a short questionnaire, to rate their level of satisfaction with various aspects of their experience in the service. The survey has been developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, to help improve care for patients. The project will run between May and October, 2016, and the results will be shared with the departments to use in quality improvement activities.
Peggy Wallace is the Day Hospital/Occupational Therapy Director of the Almonte General Hospital