A partnership between staff and volunteers is recognised

Photograph of Forget Me Not volunteer with patient
October 6, 2017

The Forget Me Not Volunteer Program was announced as one of the category winners in the recent Rotary Allied Health Team Excellence Awards.

With 30 per cent of people admitted to hospital experiencing a cognitive impairment, the program is staffed by a dedicated group of trained volunteers who provide patients with dementia and delirium with a friendly face, emotional support and practical assistance at a time when they need it most.

Senior Physiotherapist and Cognitive Impairment Coordinator Ellie Newman said without the effort of the reference group, Ward 7A staff, and a team of dedicated volunteers the program would not have been possible.

“The value this program adds to cognitive impairment patients is remarkable,” Ellie said.

“Since its implementation, the hospital has decreased the number of falls on the ward and time spent in hospital for these patients.

“Winning the award has been a team effort and is great recognition of the difference we have been able to make in a patient’s journey.”

These annual awards are presented by the Rotary Clubs of Mt Lawley and West Perth in recognition of outstanding allied health professionals.

The Forget Me Not Volunteer Program has also received a nomination at the upcoming WA Health Excellence Awards, with the winners to be announced on 8 November 2017.

Armadale Health Service’s Building Collaborative Care with Community Services (BCCCS) project was also announced the winner in the Excellence in the Community and Primary Care category.