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    Hospitalized Elder Life Program (HELP)

    Unique new volunteer opportunity

    HELP for elderly patients

    What is HELP?

    The HELP Program, launched in 2011 at CPMC's Pacific Campus, seeks to decrease confusion and subsequent loss of independence in older patients in an acute care setting. We are actively recruiting volunteers to participate in the expansion of the HELP program.

    Upcoming training sessions:

    The next Hospitalized Elder Life Program (HELP) training sessions will be held:

    Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday September 27, 2014 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
    Tuesday September 30, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

    You must attend and participate in all three classes. To apply as a volunteer, contact Carole Burns at 415-600-3912 or

    We are seeking volunteers who:

    • Have an interest in caring for older adult patients.
    • Are responsible, mature, caring and respectful of older adults.
    • Can help re-orient patients to their settings with social visits/conversation.
    • Will provide cognitive stimulation to patients’ based on specialized training.
    • Will feed patients under supervision. Will assist patients with their dietary needs.
    • Can guide range-of motion exercises and encourage appropriate ambulation.

    HELP volunteer requirements:

    • Make a minimum of one year commitment to the program.
    • Commit to a four hour shift per week for for at least one year.
    • Undergo specialized training, including 16 hours of classroom instruction and 16 hours of precepted training.
    • Successfully complete competency-based checklists.
    • While bi-lingual is an asset, all applicants must be proficient in English.

    For more information:

    For more information on the HELP program and how you can participate, please contact:

    Carole Burns
    Director of Volunteer Services

    To make a gift:

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    The mortality rate for patients suffering from hospital-induced delirium is an astounding 65 percent. By making a gift to HELP, you can support a program that trains volunteers to keep elderly patients alert and increase their functional independence.