If a night nurse is required, staff from nursing homes, hospitals and home care can ask for help from volunteer night nurses. The Red Cross has 82 groups throughout the country with more than 1,200 volunteer women and men. They sat by the bedside of 1,932 people in 2017, often in a retirement home but also in private homes and hospitals. DaneAge Association also runs a nationwide service, established in 2010, with 630 volunteers. In 2017, its night nurses spent 9,400 hours watching over more than 550 people. Demand for their help continues to grow. Night nurses are not allowed to administer treatment or replace paid staff in any way. They simply represent a compassionate presence, providing comfort and company to the dying. Night nurses hold hands, talk gently or read aloud. Families can also request the services of a night nurse, allowing them a chance to rest knowing that their loved one is not alone.