DERBY — The Hospital Elder Life Program at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is looking for volunteers to provide extra support for elderly patients.

HELP is designed to offer special services to older adults while hospitalized at Griffin Hospital. Between 30 and 50 percent of all seniors may experience a decline in their physical and mental abilities during a hospital stay. HELP is a comprehensive, evidence-based, patient-care program that provides optimal care for older persons in the hospital.

The program also prevents functional decline, falls, and allows older adults to return home at the maximal level of independence by keeping hospitalized older people oriented to their surroundings, meeting their needs for nutrition, fluids, and sleep, and keeping them mobile within the limitations of their physical condition.

HELP team members work in partnership with the doctors and nursing staff to highlight issues specific to geriatric care and to provide education to patients and their families. No medical experience is needed to volunteer. Training and supervision is provided. There are flexible shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Scholarship incentives are available for eligible college students.

For more information, or to volunteer for HELP, call 203-732-7466.