Caregivers . . . Making Each Day Count!
should I consider being a hospice volunteer? Because hospice
volunteers do important and rewarding work! Patients and their
families depend on hospice care. No one else provides the kind of
services hospice does. By attending to the needs of both patients
and their loved ones, hospice care can be a huge comfort for the
Hospices depend on volunteers. Without the efforts of
volunteers, hospices could not continue their important work.
Volunteers are the backbone of the hospice team. They allow hospice
to provide services it otherwise could not offer. In addition,
close bonds with patients and family members. Patients often tell
volunteers things they can't tell their loved ones.
people communicate by encouraging each person to say what he or
she needs to say. Volunteers help open the way for people to talk
Grieve with the family once the patient dies. Seeing
the family all the way through the death is part of the
Hospice volunteers are special people. One thing all
hospice volunteers have in common is a true desire to help. It is
important for volunteers to be:
Caring -Volunteers focus
on needs of patients and family members and how to best meet
Emotional maturity - Working as a hospice volunteer
can be an intense experience. Volunteers must be emotionally up to
Comfortable talking about death and dying - Hospice
workers approach death and dying in an open, direct and practical
way. This can help others face the emotional, spiritual and
financial preparations they need to make.
Committed - Volunteers are as dedicated to their
work as other health-care professionals.
Volunteers get plenty
of help from their hospice staff.