The Sacyr Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with Hospital del Henares (Coslada, Madrid), managed by Sacyr Concesiones, and with Adopta Un Abuelo to keep the elderly people at risk of suffering unwanted loneliness company and promote intergenerational relationships.
This second agreement, after the one signed earlier in April this year with Hospital Universitario Infanta Cristina (Parla, Madrid), reaffirms Sacyr's commitment to the care and well-being of elderly people, and our support to promoting intergenerational relationships.
This new collaboration will allow senior patients, who are either admitted in hospital or out-patients in this hospital managed by Sacyr Concesiones, can receive phone calls from volunteers registered on the Adopta un Abuelo app.
The volunteers from the intergenerational program will keep the patients company during their hospital stays with the goal of creating long-term relationships that can still live on once the patient has been discharged, thanks to the app and Adopta un Abuelo’s team of social workers.
For Pedro Alonso, Executive director of the Sacyr Foundation, this agreement "elevates relevant commitments forSacyr, such as corporate volunteer work and generational diversity by promoting intergenerational relationships".
In the words of Alberto Cabanes, president of Adopta Un Abuelo: “We are delighted to keep expanding our company network in hospitals with the Sacyr Foundation. We are very grateful to them and the trust they've placed in our program, and we are eager to learn about the new stories that will be created between seniors and volunteers through repeated company sessions".
Adopta Un Abuelo is an accompanying intergenerational program for elderly people who are at risk of suffering loneliness. Its aim is to make elderly people feel listened to, accompanied and loved, and for the volunteers to have the chance to learn values and have learning experiences.
Work at hospitals
With this collaboration agreement, Adopta Un Abuelo continues its work at hospitals. Currently, this organization works with more than 280 retirement homes, and its more than 6,200 volunteers have done more than 45,700 hours of volunteer work by keeping over 3,500 elderly people company.
The Sacyr Foundation continues to support initiatives that have a positive social and environmental outcome for society, in line with the goals in its 2021-2025 Sacyr Sustainable Action Plan. In 2021, more than 500,000 people were indirect beneficiaries of the Sacyr Foundation’s different initiatives.