April is National Volunteer Month, the 21st through the 27th is National Volunteer Week. Hospice Compassus would like to thank and recognize our wonderful volunteers that donated well over 1,000 hours last year alone!
Hospice volunteers start giving right from the beginning by attending the required Medicare/NHPCH certified volunteer training. It is federally mandated, under Medicare, that 5 percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers. This requirement underscores the important role that hospice volunteers play in caring for the dying and their caregivers.
We could not do what we do without the support of loving, compassionate volunteers. They become a very integral part of the team. Our volunteers are amazing, dedicated people who have a desire to help others. These volunteers bring companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, often a time when people find themselves cut off from the community, isolated and alone.
They bring respite to family and caregivers who are caring for dying loved ones and struggling with their own grief and loss.
They might read to the patient, help with light housework or meal preparation, or run much-needed errands.
Another invaluable service that volunteers provide is administrative duties and assistance with various hospice programs and community projects.
Another volunteer group that we want to thank for all of their dedication, hard work and volunteer time are the members of our Rim Country Hospice Foundation Board. They meet monthly, or more when necessary, to assist patients with special needs or end of life wishes.
Hospice Compassus is grateful and appreciates our volunteers every day of the year! We will be honoring them with a lunch on April 30.
If you would like more information on becoming a hospice volunteer, please call (928) 472-6340. Two trainings are held each year with the next one beginning the second week of June.
Thank you, Hospice volunteers!
Patty Kaufman, volunteer coordinator