Mercy Hospice Seeks Veterans for Volunteers

July 22, 2015

David Goodyear, Mercy Hospice nurse and United States Navy

Veteran, pays tribute to fellow Navy Veteran James Greer

with a certificate of appreciation and special pin

Mercy Hospice Fort Scott is seeking military veterans as volunteers to partner with veterans on hospice care. It has been proven that a relationship linked by military service can build camaraderie and be beneficial to patients with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

“Volunteers are crucial for comprehensive hospice care and to support our patients and their families,” said LaShawn Miller, Mercy Hospice social worker and volunteer coordinator. “By seeking veterans as volunteers, we hope to enrich our patients in even another dimension.”

Mercy Hospice volunteers do not need a medical background or experience as a hospice volunteer, but must possess qualities that would bring peace and comfort to Mercy’s Hospice patients.

Mercy Hospice volunteers range from people in their early 20’s to 79 and retired. 

“Each person brings their unique gifts and talents to help the patient and family,” Miller added. “Often the presence of a hospice volunteer helps the patient and their loved ones find peace and understanding.”  

Volunteers devote their time, as little as one hour a week or as many as they want doing what they do best; helping patients and families.  The volunteer coordinator uses a matching system similar to that of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to pair similar backgrounds and interests to bring the patient and volunteer together.  Many form a lasting friendship through their illness. 

Volunteers must also meet these criteria:

  • be in agreement with hospice philosophy
  • be a minimum of 18 years old
  • have own transportation
  • accept each individual
  • work as a team player
  • complete an application
  • pass a background check
  • complete a screening process
  • complete Hospice volunteer training

For more information about Mercy hospice volunteer opportunities, call Miller at 620-223-8532.


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