Imagine dying alone.
People in nursing homes have significant care needs that keeps the caring staff very busy; personal hygiene, meals, medications, managing difficult behaviours, wound management etc. Unfortunately sometimes these staff just don't have time for the personal touch for a person who is dying. Residents of nursing homes can face the very real prospect of dying alone.
This is a very simple, low-budget idea. Volunteers (provided with support and training) could sit with people who are dying and hold their hand, talk with them or just sit with them. This would provide vital connection, support, touch and companionship during the final page in a person's life.
A key challenge would be how to scale up the idea so that it is available to many? Another would be to consider how the initiative can be sustained once the initial limelight has moved on? This will be an important consideration in the design phase.