What is the Palliative Care Volunteer Service?
The Palliative Care Volunteer service is made up of trained
volunteers who are here to support patients with a non-curable illness who are under the care of the Palliative Care Service. Additionally the service is also available to support the patient’s carer.
Our Palliative Care Volunteers are carefully selected and specially trained. They are skilled listeners who are practical, reliable and caring.
There are a number of services available which are outlined in the “How We Can Help You” brochure.
For more information, speak to your Palliative Care Liaison Nurse or call 4336 7777 to talk with Linde Davis, the Coordinator of Volunteer Services. Linde will be able to answer your questions and assist you with your request.
Sometimes it can be beneficial to have someone to speak to who is outside of the family, whose feelings you don’t have to shield or protect. Our volunteers are there to listen, in an atmosphere of care, confidentiality and respect. Sometimes a one off appointment is all that is needed, whilst for others, ongoing visits that take place weekly or fortnightly are very beneficial. Support visits are provided according to your unique needs.
The Palliative Care Volunteer Foundation has designed and built two support centres for patients and carers connected with Palliative Care on the Central Coast. Our support centres are at Wyongah (north) and Woy Woy (south). Situated in-between is the Central Coast Palliative Care Centre at Long Jetty. These support centres are utilized for numerous activities including:
- Professional Counselling
- Volunteer Training
- Patient Support Groups
- Carer Support Groups.
- Bereavement Support Groups
Facing a non-curative illness can be daunting and challenging. It is not uncommon for people to experience a range of feelings and thoughts in response to their situation. Sometimes feelings and responses can become compounded when people experience them in isolation.
Over the years we have come to realise that carers need support too, and that their needs are not always recognised or validated.
Like the Patient Support Groups, our Carer Support Groups are held in an atmosphere of care and confidentiality. They offer a safe place where carers can share their experiences openly, (as much or as little as they wish), without fear of being judged.