April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country. I am the volunteer coordinator for Hospice Compassus and I salute all those who give of their time and talents — particularly to those at the end of life’s journey.
According to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, an estimated 500,000 hospice volunteers provide more than 10 million hours of service each year. I especially give thanks and gratitude to Payson’s own 28 hospice volunteers who donated over 2,000 hours last year to our own loved ones, friends and neighbors by sharing the “Gift of Hospice.” As of April 7, we will add an additional eight new volunteers to this integral group of people who make our team complete. Many people become hospice volunteers after experiencing firsthand the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.
A common myth is “Hospice is for people who have no hope.” Actually, the fact with hospice is the miracle isn’t in the cure, it’s in the caring. Because patients get substantial relief from pain and other symptoms, they can choose exactly how they will spend their final weeks or months of life. Hospice has unmatched expertise in managing pain so patients are comfortable, yet alert, and able to enjoy each day to the fullest extent possible. Also, hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. Patients can receive hospice care wherever they call “home.”
Hospice Compassus will be honoring their volunteers with an appreciation lunch on Thursday, April 14.
I encourage others to learn more about hospice services and benefits by contacting Hospice Compassus at 472-6340.