In a hospital setting, some older patients can lose touch with their surroundings and become confused. They may lose track of where they are, or whether it's day or night. The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) prevents this type of decline by helping older patients stay alert and connected.

How It Works
Once at-risk patients are identified, specially trained volunteers use proven techniques to keep patients alert and connected to their environment over the course of their hospital stay.  Methods include reading or talking at the bedside, music therapy and simple activities, like a walk down the hallway.

To volunteer for HELP
We are currently recruiting volunteers for HELP. Call Volunteer Coordinator Ruthellen Lovett
at 757-414-8756 or email her at

Benefits of volunteering at RSMH:

  • Giving back to your community
  • Meeting people
  • Getting exercise
  • Developing new skills
  • Free flu shot
  • Free meal in the cafeteria for every shift you work