不一樣的長者服務經驗

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通常提到服務長者的義工活動時,都會立即想長者探訪,或者協助老友記家居打掃等等,其實除了定期為他們送上關懷,大家還可以通過更實際行動去幫助老友記,例如替他們做一些簡單的健康檢查或測試,評估完成後再將有需要個案交給專業醫護人員上門跟進,這些有關健康資訊性的協助更能切合他們需要,儘管你和我都不是專業醫護人員都可以出一分力,只需要於服務前接受約1.5小時的基本訓練便可以了。

 

 

近日於社職Social Career平台看到一個名為「長者防跌安全日」的義工招募活動,活動主辦機構是國際慈善團體「HOPE worldwide Hong Kong 寰宇希望香港 」, 好奇之下查看一下活動背景,得知原來香港每5個長者之中,便有1個曾經跌倒,由於長者跌倒可能會造成嚴重受傷,而曾經跌倒過你的長者再度跌倒的機會,原來更比從未跌過的高出4倍之多,所謂預防勝於治療,有效地去推廣防跌訊息更為重要。

 上面提及過義工們需要先接受1.5小時的義工訓練坊才能參與服務,當中包括了解家居陷阱、防跌訊息、學習替長者量血壓及以三項測試進行跌倒風險評估,測試有「腳肌力測試」、「反應測試」及「平衡力測試」。今年服務日期由五月初至六月中下旬,在超過10個公共屋邨或長者鄰舍中心設立街頭流動站,替居住附近的長者進行上述跌倒風險評估和簡介健康資訊 。在評估後,有需要的長者將會得到物理治療師跟進及家訪,按需要送贈助行器具及跟進家居需要,如替他們免費安裝坐廁扶手等。

參加這次活動有機會與很多老友記們聊天,他們亦覺得這個活動很符合他們需要,我也很認同應多加關注長者安全的訊息推廣,此項活動是積極主動地去全港各地區關注長者安全,如果義工人手更多的話,街頭流動站便可幫助到更多老友記;另一方面,讓更多市民得知這些活動及參與,也可以把訊息帶回家中與長輩分享,由家人及社區雙方都提供適切的支援之下,相信便可成就此項活動宗旨「長者零跌倒,開心活到老」了。

 

活動相關資料
https://socialcareer.org/#!/job/detail/910000552
https://www.facebook.com/HOPEwwHK/posts/10155345409439588

 

Special Experience on Elderly Services
Translator: LEE Yeung-siu

When we talk about elderly voluntary services, what come first to our mind are home visiting, home cleaning etc. In addition to that, we could also express our care and warm wishes to elderly persons throughout more practical action. For example, trained volunteers can perform a simple assessment or testing on the elderly and referring to the appropriate specialists or healthcare professionals for following up checking in door-to-door mode if needed after completion of 1.5 hours training programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, I have read a volunteer recruitment of Elderly Falls Prevention Road Show, which was run by an international Christian charity HOPE worldwide, from the Social Career platform. According to the web site of HOPE worldwide, 1 out of 5 elderly in Hong Kong has experienced falls at least once. Among those who had falls, they have 4 times higher risk of falls than those had not. Some elders would subsequently have reduced mobility and decline in self-care ability, some would require institutionalization afterwards. Prevention is better than cure – dissemination of fall and fracture prevention knowledge is a must.

As mentioned above, the volunteers programme required 1.5 hours training includes awareness of home safety, falls prevention, blood measurement and three items of Fall Risk Assessment: Thigh Strength Test, Reaction Test and Balance Test. In Elderly Falls Prevention Road Show, from early May 2017 to late June 2017, over 10 mobile booths were set up in public estates and elderly community centres. The trained volunteers were able to identify the risk level of fall from those elderly through the quick assessment. High risk cases were followed up by physiotherapists who would organisedhome visit to the elderly. The visited was probably given the walking aids or installing bathroom grab rails free of charge.

Most participated elderly thought that the campaign was successful and fall risk assessment was useful for them. Thus, the more volunteers participated, the more elderly gained. With the slogan of “Zero case for all, happy life for all”, the Campaign aimed at raising the public’s interest in elderly safety, promoting the benefits of doing regular fall risk assessment, improving self-care ability of elderly and encouraging the old healthy living and strengthen social support so as to minimize fall and fracture.

Event Details:

機構簡介, organization’s profile: https://socialcareer.org/#!/ngo/about/hopeww

義工機會, organization’s volunteer jobs: https://socialcareer.org/#!/ngo/volunteering/hopeww/600263

更多義工機會, more volunteer opportunities: www.socialcareer.org

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