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Volunteer Opportunities

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Share your talents.
Do something meaningful.
Give back to MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
Lend just four hours weekly.

Here are some of the areas that MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital volunteers find of interest:

  • Receptionist
  • Dietary
  • Laundry
  • Patient Care
  • Sewing/Knitting
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Clerical
  • Fundraising Office
  • Gift Shop
  • Library
  • Patient Representative
  • Thrift Shop
  • Visitor Escort
  • Pastoral Care/Religious Services

Volunteer Application and Requirements

You must be willing to make a commitment of at least three months. In addition, we will need two references and your permission to perform a background check. For more details, contact George Farley ([email protected]) at 443-444-4476If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, complete an application here.

Auxiliary

auxiliarySince its inception in 1973, the auxiliary has contributed nearly $4.5 million to the hospital for the purchase of medical equipment and services related to patient care. Just as the hospital has grown over time, so, too, has the auxiliary, which now boasts nearly 250 members - up significantly from its original roster of 14 members.

Good deeds make for better care

The auxiliary's yearly contribution to the hospital now averages more than $260,000 - a huge increase over its first donation (in 1974) of $4,323. As a result of its annual fund-raising activities, which include all proceeds from the Gift Shop, an annual fashion show, Lights of Love campaign and a variety of sales and boutiques, the auxiliary has purchased a wide range of medical equipment for the hospital. In recent years, a nurse-patient call system, a graphite operating table, a nuclear medicine gamma camera and a urology cystoscopy suite have all been purchased with funds donated by the auxiliary. In November 2006, the auxiliary made a $1 million pledge to the Legacy Campaign, which raised $20 million for the hospital.

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Thrift Shop

The MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Thrift Shop sells new and nearly new clothing and household items at extremely reasonable prices. All Thrift Shop proceeds are used to purchase medical and patient care equipment and services for the hospital.

Store Hours

Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Donations are gratefully accepted for men's, women's and children's clothing, household items and small furniture. Questions? Call the Thrift Shop at 443-444-5950.

Snoezelen Therapy Room for Patients with Dementia

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The Center for Successful Aging is committed to supporting individuals with dementia and those who care for them. Dementia-related behaviors and challenges with self-care are two of the primary reasons that patients are referred to the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Dementia is a chronic disorder of the mind that can be caused by brain disease or injury. Some of the most common symptoms of dementia are memory problems, personality changes, aggressive behaviors, and difficulty with decision-making. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

Family caregivers often are with the elderly person when behaviors such as agitation, anxiety, or paranoia occur, but may not know how to help their loved one or they may get anxious themselves. Professional caregivers in emergency rooms, hospitals, and nursing homes must also deal with these behaviors in order to safely provide care.

What is Snoezelen Therapy?

[ADD BLURB explaining what Snoezelen is and its origin as a German word for ________]. Snoezelen therapy addresses the symptoms of dementia by using specialized equipment designed to stimulate one’s senses. Through a generous gift from the Knott Foundation, the Center for Successful Aging has developed a multi-sensory room, educational program, and mobile resource cart to support patients and their caregivers. The goal of the multi-sensory program is to help redirect the individual’s focus and draw them into a more calm state.

The Snoezelen multisensory room is located within the Center for Successful Aging on the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital campus. This unique treatment room is equipped with sensory equipment targeting vision, touch, smell, position, and hearing. A trained occupational therapist will work with the caregiver and patient to demonstrate and try the products and decide which tools provide the most help to based on each person’s needs.

Caregiver Training and Mobile Resource Cart

Beyond the patients seen in the Center who have diagnosed dementia, older patients may develop hospital-induced delirium, which resembles dementia. Older patients and those with mild dementia may become confused and may have changes in their behavior when they are hospitalized.

To help these patients and their caregivers, the Center for Successful Aging has created a mobile Snoezelen cart stocked with multi-sensory equipment that can be brought to the patient’s bedside in the hospital. Trained occupational therapists assist agitated patients experiencing delirium or dementia. The therapist will work closely with the nurses and doctors in the hospital to help keep the patient comfortable and safe. On-site training courses in the use of the Snoezelen approach will be offered to hospital and nursing home staff, paraprofessionals, and caregivers.

Call Us Today

To find a geriatrician, call:

443-444-4720

Location Information

Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Bldg., Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

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