Volunteers are important in supporting patients in their inpatient rehabilitation journey and their reintegration to the community. One pertinent role volunteers can play in patient care is to complement the rehabilitation team in preventing unscheduled readmissions due to social reasons.
Volunteers contribute by outreach work that focuses on re-educating patients on skills taught during the inpatient rehabilitation programme and by providing timely feedback to the Rehabilitation Centre’s Medical Social Workers on patients struggling or not coping with self care.
TTSH Rehabilitation Centre’s Volunteer Patient Programme was established in May 2009.
Roles of Volunteers
The roles volunteers can play in TTSH Rehabilitation Centre are:-
- Befriending patients
- Engaging patients in social activities in the ward and in the community
- Assisting in practical matters like reading letters, ordering and/or purchasing basic necessities and, if required, escort patient for his 1st medical appointment
Recruitment of Volunteers
Those in the age group of 16 to 62 years old are welcome to register as volunteers in the TTSH Rehabilitation Centre’s Volunteer Patient programme.
Visit Volunteer at TTSH page for more details.