What will this role involve day-to-day?
We know that loneliness and isolation are significant issues for many of our patients, so our companions are there to offer valuable support to them and their carers in a number of ways. That can be face-to-face during Day Hospice and Respite, or by regular phone support (or if patients prefer) email or video meetings.
They provide a befriending service, giving our patients and carers time to talk about how they are doing, to share any concerns and just to chat about life in general. The individuals they support will each have been assessed by our nursing team and have an agreed care plan in place.
Working with the Companion Lead, our companions report back to them with a quick and easy online form after their chats with patients. That ensures we keep informed of what is happening with individuals, and that our nursing team can address any concerns companions have about their wellbeing.
Our companions offer a friendly ear, a compassionate and confidential space for people to talk, but they are not counsellors or therapists and are not expected to act as such. All our companions work within clear professional boundaries to ensure the protection of everyone.
All our companions will be volunteering their skills as individuals as well as part of a team and they will receive regular support and supervision from the Companion Lead.
How to apply
Please fill in the application form below and if you have any questions please email: email@example.com
What happens next?
We will be in touch within a few days. We’ll ask for two character references from colleagues or professionals and if you will be working directly with patients, run a DBS check for you. If you are registered with the DBS update service we can check your details online and begin your induction training. Then you’ll be ready to roll!