BRENTWOOD -- John Muir Health needs volunteers to help seniors stay in their own homes as long as possible.

The Walnut Creek-based health service operates a service called Caring Hands, whose volunteers help elderly, isolated clients in variety of practical ways such as driving them to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store or simply taking them for a walk in the park.

Prospective volunteers must undergo a background screening and interview, after which they will receive training on how to be as effective as possible.

The next training session will be 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at John Muir Outpatient Center in Brentwood.

To apply or for more information, call 925-952-2999 by Jan. 20 or watch a video and download the application on John Muir Health's website at johnmuirhealth.com/caringhands.

-- Rowena Coetsee