How to Look After the Health of Others

Written by Featured Weekly Contributor

Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about our health. Though I think it’s possible for one to worry a bit too much, in general I think it’s healthy for us to be so concerned about it. But what about the health of others? What if you’re in pretty much perfect condition but you want to find a way to help others who aren’t as lucky as you?

I have good news for you. There are loads of things you can do to help get others back to a healthier state. It could be someone you know or it could be a total stranger. Either way, you’re not lacking in the ways in which you can contribute to the wellbeing of others.

Blood donation

This one makes quite a few people slightly squeamish! Isn’t it enough for you to have to have blood extracted when the person whose health is in question is you? You want to help others, sure, but do I have to get a needle in me to do it?

Well, no. There are other options - this whole article won’t be about blood donation! But before you skip over this section, you need to understand the importance of blood banks. A lot of people don’t quite appreciate how vital they are. Hundreds and thousands of people a year die from a loss of blood, or a lack of healthy blood. Hospitals desperately need blood, especially from those with rarer blood types. If you don’t like blood extraction, that’s understandable. But why not give it a try once? It’s never as bad as you imagine. American Red Cross is always on the lookout for donors.

Clinical trials

There are a couple of ways you can help others through the means of clinical trials. The first is by donating money to organizations that are looking for funding for trials. These trials are often very expensive, and the industry needs what financial help it can get to get it through its initial stages.

The second way is by participating in them directly. When people fall ill, they understandably may want to stick to the palliative care or cure attempts that are closer to hand. But some decide to participate in clinical trials. This serves two benefits. They could stumble upon a very effective treatment. But they also assist with the research required to improve that field of medical care. You can find out more at Eleison Pharmaceuticals.

Volunteering at institutions

One of the most popular ways people take care of others is by volunteering. It could be at a nursing home or a home for the disabled or mentally ill. It could be in a children’s medical ward, reading stories and providing comfort.

Coming face-to-face with ill people can seem daunting and upsetting. But the rewards for you and the people you’d be caring for are tremendous. It will be an emotional experience, but volunteers are an absolutely vital part of our medical and care system. Volunteer work doesn’t always require experience or qualifications. But if you have any experience dealing with people face-to-face then this will help you land a position. You may be required to go through training periods to ensure you can give the best care you possibly can.


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