How we help

Some ways that we can help

  • Be a friend at a bedside, assisting patient and family in practical ways when needed
  • Listen / advocate
  • Source reading material, music, etc., relevant to the patient’s needs and interests
  • Assist the family with transport, city accommodation, parking and other practical needs
  • Ensure as much as practicable, the normality of family life back home (e.g. children get to sporting events & music lessons, groceries are bought, animals fed etc)
  • Coordinate practical assistance to the family on their property
  • Assist the family in finding solutions to practical problems that may occur with a patient’s return home

WHO ARE OUR HELPING HANDS?

They are volunteers who:

  • Contact and connect with rural patients in city hospitals
  • Have a rural background
  • Have an understanding of the needs and way of life of rural patients
  • Possess an appreciation of the issues faced by rural families coping with a medical crisis
  • Often have experience of a disabling injury illness or condition