What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special way of caring. It's a realization that a patient will not recover from a condition or illness. However, it is wrong to believe that hospice implies "giving up". In fact, the opposite is true. Life continues to be experienced to its fullest. Hospice is just the next step in a medical treatment regimen that focuses more on the quality of life rather than aggressive treatment.
People who care- volunteer. Indeed, some are nurses, clergy, doctors , lawyers, or accountants who provide special expertise, but most are people who want to help their friends and neighbors by serving their community. No special talents are needed, just a desire to serve. Many have had family members who have received Hospice Care and want to pass on the gift of compassion they received during that time.
Become a volunteer
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering for hospice is a very rewarding experience. Volunteer training gives you the tools needed when you are with the patient, their families and friends. The experience makes you a more effective communicator. By serving people who are making choices on how to spend their last precious days of life, volunteers often learn more about themselves and what really matters.
Providing quality care for those with a life limiting illness builds a sense of belonging for all those who participate. Volunteers are special people who make a difference in the lives of Hospice patients and their families, make a valuable contribution to the community, and enhance their own well being.