Why should I consider being a hospice volunteer?
Because hospice volunteers do important and rewarding work!
Form close bonds with patients and family members. Patients often tell volunteers things they feel they can’t tell their loved ones. Family members may confide concerns to the volunteer that they’d rather not share with the dying person.
Help people communicate by encouraging each person to say what he or she needs to say. When important things go unsaid, survivors may feel guilty for a long time. Volunteers help open the way for people to talk honestly.
Grieve with the family once the patient dies. Seeing the family all the way through the patient’s death is part of the volunteer’s role. Volunteers may attend the funeral or memorial service. They may also be involved in bereavement counseling.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE!
One thing all hospice volunteers have in common is a true desire to help. It’s important for volunteers to be:
Volunteers focus on the needs of patients and family members, and how to best meet them.
Working as a hospice volunteer can be an intense experience. Volunteers must be emotionally up to the task.
Comfortable talking about death and dying
Hospice workers approach death and dying in an open, direct and practical way. This can help patients face the emotional, spiritual and financial preparations they need to make.
Volunteers are as dedicated to their work as other health-care professionals.
Can my pain & symptoms be controlled at home?
Pain and other systems can usually be controlled in the patient's home. If a symptom becomes a problem, the hospice nurse can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There have been great advances in pain and symptom control in the past few years. Most symptoms can be controlled without the use of injections or IV medication. The hospice nurse will assess your pain and symptom control at each visit. Hospice medical directors are always available to adjust medications. contact us.
A hospice patient even has the chance to return to a curative treatment if they so choose. contact us to find out more.