Why are volunteers necessary in palliative care?
- With the increasing number of patients being diagnosed with cancer or other life limiting diseases, the number of doctors and nurses are inadequate to handle care giving.
- The need of the hour is volunteers and care givers to augment the services of healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses etc.
- Support family members who are the primary care givers.
Who can Volunteer?
- School and college students who are inclined to or are enrolled in courses in which community service is compulsory.
- Housewives who have time to spare and are inclined to spend time on volunteering. There are opportunities to volunteer from home too.
- Corporate employees who would like to do CSR work.
- Retired people who have time on their hands.
- Those in large apartment complexes who would like to volunteer.
- Doctors and other healthcare professionals who may want to volunteer.
How does Volunteering
- Personal- Satisfaction, fulfillment
- Sharing time and talent
- Enhanced knowledge
- Improving relationships
- Meeting new people, making new friends and doing something worthwhile
- Most importantly – giving back to the community
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How can you volunteer for palliative care?
- Volunteers must have a personal commitment to the mission.
- An hour or two a week or fortnight can make such a difference to someone’s life.
- You can help patients fight cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
- Your time is a gift. We encourage you to use it wisely and find the best balance of home, work, play, and volunteering.
- Training in palliative care is mandatory.