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Bob, Maureen and palliative care volunteer Lynn

Give a little time for someone who is out of time

19 Nov 2018

 

Caring for someone approaching the end of their life can be a uniquely rewarding and enlightening experience.

Palliative care volunteers offer companionship and practical help to people living with a life limiting illness, as well as supporting their carers and families.

Bob cared for his wife Maureen (pictured middle) in the home while she had terminal melanoma. Sadly Maureen passed away in January this year. 

"Our volunteer carer Lyn gave me the opportunity to do things outside the home and not feel worried because Maureen was in safe hands. It was very personal and we felt like we weren’t on our own,” says Bob.

“Volunteer carer Lyn (pictured right) says, “It’s a privilege to be let into the family and to help out at such a difficult time. I hope to make the journey a little easier for the client and their families. Each experience is unique and…sometimes it’s like you’re with friends.”

The Nepean Hawkesbury Palliative Care Volunteer Service is inviting enquiries from people interested in supporting someone at end-of-life in their own home or in Nepean Hospital.

There is also opportunity to become a Volunteer Biographer, capturing someone’s reflection of their life and sharing their story in a written memoir.

The Biography/Life Story Service is set to begin in 2019. Find more information about it here.

Volunteers only need to commit up to four hours of their time each week. Clearance checks, training and ongoing support are provided.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator on (02) 4734 3993 for more information, or send an email to Carolyn.Wilkinson@health.nsw.gov.au.

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