By Monique Kuzeff
Mercy Health Albury (MHA) Palliative Care is seeking volunteer support workers to join its team.
Palliative Care is a holistic support service available to people and their families who have been diagnosed with a non-curative and life-limiting illness.
Volunteer support workers play an integral part in the care role through their learned skills by offering friendship, companionship, respite and time, which is not always otherwise available. They also provide spiritual, physical, social and emotional care
MHA Palliative Care support co-ordinator Louisa Thompson said it is an unsettling time of life for persons with an advanced illness, and Palliative Care provided empowerment for them.
“We aim to empower people with information and education so they can continue to make their own informed decisions on their individual situation,” Ms Thompson said.
“It’s about taking a holistic approach and looking at a person’s physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs so they do not live in isolation.”
Ms Thompson said often people who volunteered in the organisation had received help from palliative care.
“They say it is the help they received in a time they needed it most that they wanted to give back.
“Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we are looking for people who have flexibility and variety in the role.”
Ms Thompson encouraged anyone who was interested and would like further information about the role, to not hesitate to contact her.
Volunteers are both male and female, young and mature aged and are as unique as the people they are matched to support, Ms Thompson said.
“Volunteers are chosen for their warmth and understanding, emotional maturity, acceptance of others and ability to respect confidentiality.”
“They are to offer four hours a week to the person or family they are selected to support.”
Successful applicants will participate in a five-day training program commencing at the end of March.
For further inquiries, contact Ms Thompson on (02) 6042 1458.