Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be Buddhist to use Karuna?
No. Karuna cares for clients of all religious (and non-religious) beliefs. We respect and support the religious and spiritual beliefs and observances of our clients.
Do I pay for Karuna’s service?
No. Karuna’s service is free to all. However to continue to provide our service we do rely on the financial support of the wider community and the gratitude of families we care for. Donations can be made here.
How can I be sure that Karuna is a good service?
Karuna measures quality assurance and improvement against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS), the National Standards Assessment Program for palliative care (NSAP), and the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC).
I live alone and do not have a full-time carer. Can I still receive the service?
It is advisable to have a full time carer, however if you do not have one, the nurses will be able to make suggestions for your care.
If it becomes too difficult for me to be cared for at home, what are my options?
Community supports and volunteer services can be arranged or we can refer you to hospitals or palliative care units.
Is there a waiting period for admission?
There is no waiting time. Admission depends on your eligibility for the services, which will be discussed with you or your advocated on inquiry.
What kinds of books does Karuna stock?
Australian supplier of specialist books and media products on the mind and its potential for inner transformation.
Product categories include:-
Buddhism – the religion, philosophy and science of Buddhism. Books from the main Buddhist traditions including biographies and commentaries of renowned masters, and teachings of the Buddha.
End of Life – accepting life’s transitions and becoming comfortable with death and dying
Grief and Loss – understanding the emotional of grief and growing from loss and bereavement
His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Extensive range of books authored and co-authored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama / one stop shop for the several hundred of books and media His Holiness has written or contributed to
Wellbeing – Inspirational, thought provoking books about life and our potential for happiness and wellbeing.