Ripponburn Rest Home

VISITOR / COMPANION - Elderly Companion

Organisation Summary

Situated in tranquil grounds on the outskirts of Cromwell. Ripponburn Hospital and home is within walking distance to the Cromwell Shopping Centre, Library, Medical Centre and Swimming Pool.

Ripponburn Hospital & Home is an older style Residential Home. It consists of 25-bed hospital wing that has 24 hour Registered Nurse cover, with a mixture of single and double shared rooms, and a 21-bed rest home wing with mostly single rooms. Staff are committed to creating a homelike, happy atmosphere, as we want our residents to not only be comfortable, but most of all happy.

Our aim is to form a partnership with our Residents to ensure their Independence, Privacy, Dignity, Cultural and Religious needs are met as Individuals.


 Ripponburn have a pool of volunteers who interact with the residents based on mutual interests.  Activities can include things such as playing cards or games, doing crafts or projects; reading books, articles or newspapers, going on walks, activities or outings.

Volunteers establish a good rapport with the residents and staff to feel part of the team at Ripponburn.

There are also a group of volunteers who provide entertainment such as choirs, musicians, dancers and school groups.

Time Commitment:

Ideally volunteers should be available for 1 year, however short term involvement is considered based on circumstances at the time.  Most people visit for 1 – 2 hours per week, but some people are able to commit for more or less.  Please contact us to discuss what will work for you.  We are open 7 days with options for volunteers in the morning, afternoon and evening.  Located in Cromwell.

Skills required:

Volunteers need to have a genuine interest and respect for older people and be able to relate to, or try to understand them and their circumstances. Good communication and listening skills are essential, along with a warm and friendly personality.

Volunteers must also have a commitment to confidentiality, cultural awareness and sensitivity. Empathy, patience, a calm nature and a good sense of humour are essential as well as being reliable, well presented and polite.

Skills gained:

Volunteers improve their communication skills and gain knowledge about the community and individuals’ interesting lives.  Volunteers become valued member of the team and gain familiarity with the health working environment.

Volunteers will also, we hope, gain satisfaction from enabling residents to be as independent as possible and from being involved in the community.

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon