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.
In the coming year ELF are looking to establish a HELP@Home service providing further support for small scale and individual practical tasks including IT help, light housework, decorating/household maintenance, dog walking/pet care and gardening. All these things may not seem like big tasks, but what ELF has discovered is that even a small offer of help can have a huge impact of emotional well-being and positive outlooks for the future.