Healthcare agencies provide healthcare services to people. In the United States, voluntary agencies are often non-profit centers sponsored by donations, grants, or fundraisers. One such organization is Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to the elderly and homebound. The American Heart Association and the American Lung Association are other non-profit community organizations. Doctors and nurses are frequently active members of these organizations, which offer health checks and educational initiatives.
Support groups are often considered voluntary organizations. These groups provide patients dealing with health issues with an education and support structure. Members of support groups have all experienced similar problems. They learn to address difficulties in stressful or emergencies by sharing their experiences. Professional nurses frequently give patients and family members information and referrals to these organizations. Examples of support groups include:
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