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The role of volunteers supporting people with life-limiting illness at home

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Abstract

Many hospices and palliative and end-of-life organisations caring for dying people rely on volunteers to provide a range of roles in different settings.¹ A recent European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) White Paper has produced a definition and given clarity about the roles and tasks of volunteers in palliative care.² The volunteer’s role is distinct from that of paid staff and their identity is different.³ Social support provided by volunteers complements clinical care and can have a positive impact on the patient’s social and emotional well-being, especially in relation to their decline in quality of life.⁴.

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