The Befriending Service is a complementary addition to Hospice at Home’s clinical services. Befrienders are trained volunteers who are co-ordinated and managed via Hospice at Home’s Nursing Service.
”The Befriending Service Volunteer’s presence in my home was so reassuring.”
The Befriending Service supports;
- Individuals who are at least eighteen years of age who have a life limiting illness
- Family members/carers who are at least eighteen years of age and are providing care/support for an adult who has a life limiting illness.
Befrienders work in the patient’s home and also in the community undertaking a range of practical tasks with, or on behalf of, the patient and/or a family member/carer.
The length of time a Befriender supports someone is determined by their individual need. It may be as short as a couple of weeks or over a more extensive period of time.
Befriender duties may include;
- Providing periods of companionship for a patient within their home.
- Providing light meals/drinks during a period of companionship/respite
- Shopping and other small errands.
- Providing transport/accompanying someone to an appointment.
- Accompanying and supporting an individual to access social and leisure activities.
- Dog walking
- Spending time with a patient while a family member/carer has time to themselves.
The Befriending Service is designed to reduce isolation and loneliness, increase confidence and independence, thus promoting psychological, emotional and social well-being.