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FAQs

On this page you're going to find the most frequently asked questions about Grandpal. If your question isn't answered below, please contact us by emailing contact@grandpal.co

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Grandpal?

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Grandpal is an Irish service connecting local community members with nursing home residents who would benefit from a little extra company.

Who becomes a Grandpal?

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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.

How do I become a Grandpal?

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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!

Is Grandpal a job or is it volunteering?

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Grandpal is not a job. Grandpals are individuals who have volunteered to do something impactful with part of their spare time.

However, there is a twist. We want to thank our active community members for their compassion and kindness. We regularly organise opportunities for our community to meet one another in a social setting and share experiences as well as donating money to worth non profits. Fees we charge as part of a Grandpal membership go towards helping Grandpal grow and bring conversation to even more people.

How often should I visit my partnered resident and how long should each visit be?

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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.

Are the Grandpals Garda Vetted?

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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.

Is there a membership fee?

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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.

Do the Grandpals get paid?

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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, as well as donating money to worthy non profits. It's win-win.

What is a Grandpals role?

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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.

What is a Grandpal Get Together?

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Twice per month, Grandpal Get Togethers are organised for local Grandpals, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Grandpal Get Togethers are part of a regional event series. Grandpal Get Togethers serve as an opportunity to meet other Grandpals and share different activity ideas, stories and experiences over a cup of tea and a chat.

What is a Grandpal Get Together?

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Twice per month, Grandpal Get Togethers are organised for local Grandpals, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Grandpal Get Togethers are part of a regional event series. Grandpal Get Togethers serve as an opportunity to meet other Grandpals and share different activity ideas, stories and experiences over a cup of tea and a chat.

Are Grandpals trained?

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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.

How can I become a Grandpal?

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If you're looking to become a Grandpal yourself, you can do so here: grandpal.co/app

Still have questions? Schedule a call below or email us at contact@grandpal.co

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