The Ten Kavod project is an initiative of Israel’s volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) organization, United Hatzalah. As part of the initiative, volunteer medics pay weekly house calls to elderly people, many of whom are Holocaust survivors who live on their own. The volunteers check the patients’ vitals such as blood pressure, sugar and saturation levels. The house call and medical check-up are completely free, and often the companionship which is also provided from these visits lifts the spirits of the elderly patients.
The information logged by the volunteer is passed to the chief medical officer of the project who keeps track of the medical status of all of the participants and relays any anomalies to the patient’s general practitioner. Should there be any serious anomalies or warning signs of impending medical emergencies discovered during the check-up, the volunteer can also report to the general practitioner directly.
On Sunday, the Ten Kavod (Give Honor) project of Tiberias held a graduation ceremony for thirty new recruits. The recruits, all of whom are women from Tiberias and the surrounding area, will now join the ranks of the current Ten Kavod volunteers in the city and provide free medical care to elderly persons who live on their own.
Attending the graduation event was United Hatzalah CEO Moshe Teitelbaum and Mayor of Tiberias Mr. Yossi Ben David, as well as other public figures and members of the community.
Director of the Ten Kavod project Shmuel Rosengarten said, “The goal of the course as well as the project is to give continuing social and medical support to the elderly, and let them know that there is someone who cares and is looking after them.”
Head of the United Hatzalah chapter in Tiberias, Yossi Vaknin added that, “The activities of the Ten Kavod project will add to the important work that is currently being done by the United Hatzalah medical volunteers in the city. Currently, United Hatzalah maintains a team of more than 50 emergency medical response volunteers who provide a first response for any medical emergency in the city and surrounding area, including water rescue response on the Sea of Galilee. We have the only medical rescue team on the water which includes a high-speed emergency medical boat that patrols the Sea of Galilee during the summer months when people are on the lake. I am certain that the wonderful volunteers who graduated here today will work hard to provide the best care to all those who need it. We here at United Hatzalah in Tiberias and beyond fully support the efforts that you are making and the good work that you will be doing.”