ELF@Home’ s model of patient/family support sees local people undertake training to enable them to volunteer to support patients and their families in their own homes, ideally in their local community.
ELF@Home volunteers are there when the road ahead is tough to help with the practical and emotional elements of dealing with blood cancers. They often uncover ‘hidden’ issues which they help to resolve – simple things like sorting dental appointments, arranging assisted refuse collections or helping with the weekly shop.
Through this offer of practical help, friendship and advice ELF@Home volunteers have been responsible for improving patient experiences, improving mental well-being and connecting patients with a whole range of additional services and support to aid their often-traumatic journeys. Having a friend that will be there to talk, cry, laugh and just be simply stand alongside can make all the difference.