The team at Mercy Hospice has announced opportunities for people interested in volunteering for the program.
Hospice volunteers work in a variety of capacities to support the service, ranging from roles that involve patient interaction to more “clerical” types of support that can be provided in an office setting. Opportunities include sitting with patients and families and/or providing respite for caregivers; light housekeeping or errand running for patients; assisting the hospice team with special events, such as health fairs, and other community education activities; and assisting with office duties.
A screening and orientation/training process is required for each hospice volunteer, and the next training sessions will be scheduled this spring, once a roster of new volunteers is established.
Mercy Hospice launched in July 2012 to provide comprehensive, end-of-life care for patients and support for families. Hospice services include nursing care; medication administration; medical equipment, supplies and therapies as appropriate; pain management; coordination of short-term hospital stays if needed; respite care for caregivers; coordination of needed social support services; emotional and spiritual support for patients and loved ones; and bereavement support for families.
More information on volunteer training is available by contacting Debra Saichompoo, Mercy Hospice social worker, at 620-332-3215.