Grandpal is a social impact company that provides person-centred care and facilitates meaningful connections between local community members and the residents of nursing homes who may benefit from some extra company.
We connect local people who have the spare time each week with a local older person who would benefit from the additional one on one time. Whether you’re looking to improve the quality of life of an older loved one, wanting to introduce Grandpal’s services to your local nursing home, or looking to volunteer your time as a Grandpal, get in contact with us today.
Grandpals mission is to cure old age loneliness. It's a simple yet powerful concept that has the potential to bring communities together, creating a more inclusive environment for everyone, of all ages, in society. Our mission is to help family members provide more meaningful one on one time for their ageing parents and loved ones so they're not spending all day alone. Regular social interactions has been scientifically proven to have incredible health benefits. We're simply connecting the dots and creating a service that allows for healthier ageing in today's world.
We aim not only to provide a sense of community for Grandpals and their partnered Pals by arranging visits, but we also aim to relieve some of the pressure on the family members and allow them, too, to benefit from the support the local community provides.
At the end of the day, our Grandpals are the heros and the job of our team is to support and create services for them. They are the ones who go out on a weekly basis to give their time to make someone else's day better with a smile, a chat and a cup of tea. To make this happen however, it takes a team of smart and motivated people working together in unison.
Grandpal was founded by Brian Daly and William Hollacsek in 2018 with the mission of curing old age loneliness. Brian lived with his grandmother for many years while studying and working in Dublin. He always thought it would be lovely to have a service like Grandpal to keep his grandmother company through the long days when no one else was able to visit.
Our Grandpal community has logged over 800 hours of companionship with local older people. We've had over 600 people sign up across the country, all wanting to give an hour of their week back to someone else. Our community of Grandpals are the heroes here.
Grandpal is an Irish service connecting local community members with nursing home residents who would benefit from a little extra company.
We search for Grandpals who are patient, kind, respectful and looking to do something meaningful with their spare time. We are always looking for new additions to our Grandpal Community.
Obviously we have to be selective with who becomes a Grandpal. We hold high standard as we search for great people to join our community.
We encourage our Grandpals to visit at least once a week, though this varies from resident to resident.
There is no set duration for Grandpal visits. This is dependent on how the resident feels that particular day and also how much time a Grandpal can dedicate. Visiting times are flexible and do not have to take place at/on the same time/day every week.
The nursing homes preferred times are usually after breakfast and before lunch, after lunch and before and after dinner.
Taking the first step in becoming a Grandpal is easy! To begin the process, visit our website and answer a few brief questions.
You will then be invited to schedule a call with us. We speak to everyone who signs up for Grandpal and use this phone call to explain how Grandpal works and to get to know you! From there, we will further guide you through the process. Simple!
Yes, all Grandpals are Garda Vetted with the Nursing Home they are assigned to, just like any other volunteer.
We work with the Grandpals to fill out the NBV-1 Vetting Form before your meeting to speed the process up.
For someone who would like to become a Grandpal, there is no membership fee to pay.
However, Grandpal has a membership fee for nursing homes who would like to improve the quality of care for their residents. These fees contribute to our community chest, which pays for experiences for our Grandpals and helps our team to grow sustainably as we bring Grandpal to more people in need of good conversations.
Grandpal is not a job, but instead a way to make a positive impact on your local community by volunteering your time.
Grandpal organises frequent coffee mornings and mixers which allow pals to chat and make new friends too. It's win-win.
A Grandpal's role is to be a companion - to provide conversation, friendship and company.
Grandpals are not medical professionals nor are they a replacement for nursing home staff. Instead, they offer invaluable companionship to someone very deserving of a little extra company.
To become a Grandpal, very high-level training must be completed in the Grandpal app. This training helps people to understand Grandpal and gives them an insight into what your role will consist of.
Areas of training include: Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, How to Communicate with someone living with dementia, Manual Handling and Mobility
Any onsite specific training required from the Nursing Home, such as Fire Safety, we ask the Nursing Home to provide.
If you're looking to become a Grandpal yourself, you can do so here: grandpal.co/app
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