Palliative Care Volunteers give the gift of time
Caring for someone approaching the end of their life can be a uniquely rewarding and enlightening experience.
TheNepean Hawkesbury Palliative Care Volunteer Service, coordinated through Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, is seeking volunteers who are patient, flexible and non-judgmental.
Jenni cared for her husband, Jeff who had motor neurone disease. Sadly, Jeff passed away in early 2019.
“Our volunteer carer Margaret seemed like an instant friend. She and Jeff hit it off from the beginning. I needed to get out for different things and knowing Margaret was there made those times easier,” says Jenni.
Volunteer carer Margaret (pictured middle) says, “It’s a privilege to be welcomed into someone’s home at such a difficult time. For me, it’s about doing what I can to ease the burden, both for the carer and for the patient.”
Palliative Care Volunteer, Margaret, with Jenni and her husband Jeff.
The Nepean Hawkesbury Palliative Care Volunteer Service is inviting enquiries from people interested in supporting someoneatend-of-life.Thereisalsoopportunitytobecome a Volunteer Biographer, capturing someone’s reflection of their life in a written memoir.
Volunteers only need to commit up to four hours of their time each week. Clearance checks, training and ongoing supportareprovided.ContacttheVolunteerCoordinatoron 0401 715 851 for more information.
Nepean HawkesburyPalliative Care Volunteer Service
CarolynWilkinson,Volunteer Coordinator 0401 715 851