Would you like to help us Stand Up To Cancer in Nigeria by volunteering some of your time to visit people at hospitals?
We have planned hospital visits to show cancer patients some love and care. As it is the festive season, this will enable us stop and think of those who just wish they could be part of the festivities.
Visiting someone who is sick isn’t always easy, but it can be an enjoyable time and it should primarily be a comfort for the patient.
Many family members and friends find it difficult to visit someone who is sick. If the person is in the hospital, it may be more difficult for some to visit because of past negative experiences they have had at a hospital. Many visitors are anxious or find it stressful to be around a patient because they are dealing with their own fears of sickness. It is natural to hesitate in seeing someone in pain or seriously ill. Unfortunately, many people end up not visiting, because they do not know what to do or say to help.
Most patients we have spoken to just want the company. They want to feel loved and thought about. They do not want to be forgotten.
Come join us and put a smile on the faces of these patients.
Here are some of the ways that you can get involved:
Bring the patient a small gift. This is not about money spent- the gift can be something you made, like a card. Let’s face facts, we all like receiving gifts, especially when we are not feeling our best.
A newspaper or magazine can reinforce a sense of connection to the outside world. Besides being pretty- flowers, plants or cards leave tangible evidence of the visit.
A gift will always bring a smile to their faces, even for days after the visit.
Bring something that can be a distraction after you have left. Crossword puzzle books, playing cards, reading books, comics, even lotto scratch off’s: anything that they can easily do on their own.
Many places do not allow visitors after certain hours, so your gift will help with the boredom at night and be a welcome relief.
Bring something that will help make the experience nicer. Blankets, new pajamas, slippers, new lotions, soaps, or a soft pillow can make the time spent in bed for a patient more enjoyable.
Gifts like these will be much appreciated.
Bring the patient a variety fresh fruits. If they are having appetite trouble this might help to inspire them.
Have Fun. Bring an activity with you. Sometimes we learn the most about someone while doing something together. It takes the pressure off coming up with conversation, while providing a non-threatening atmosphere.
The focus becomes the activity and not the person and their illness and that is refreshing. It could be a board game, craft activity, movie, or even a laptop computer preloaded with games or music and if you have wireless internet,
you could surf the net for helpful resources or just for fun. Bring the newspaper and talk about current events. Give someone a manicure or fix someone's hair....just be creative.
When visiting, help with concrete tasks. After getting the sick person’s consent; help by straightening the bed, watering plants, straightening up the room, or any other chore that helps the patient or makes their surroundings look well attended.
It also might be helpful to offer to do things in the “outside” world for the patient where practicable.
We also want to solicit with every member to donate towards this good cause.
We have planned for everyone to wear a T-shirt or Polo (whichever you prefer).
Everyone going for the visitation will have to place their orders well before time, so the T-shirts will be ready before the day of visitation.
It will take a maximum of 9 days for orders to be produced. Your orders will be dispatch four days before the visit.
Date: Friday, December 19, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: National Hospital Abuja
City/Town: Abuja, Nigeria
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Lagos University teaching Hospital
City/Town: Lagos, Nigeria
If you are available to join us on any of these dates please click here.
(Please download the form, fill it and send it to us)