The Value of Hospice Volunteers
If you’ve been following the Center for Hope Hospice on Facebook or in the local news, you’ve seen some wonderful stories about the volunteers who’ve been brightening up the days for our patients at Peggy’s House and Father Hudson House. Volunteers provide a very valuable service to hospice organizations, whether working directly with patients and their families or indirectly, supporting the staff behind the scenes.
Hospice volunteers are a special breed of compassionate folks who truly want to give comfort and moments of happiness to people dealing with a terminal illness. Their presence is a vital extension of hospice caregiving as it enhances the level of comfort and care patients receive.
Because of the sensitive nature of hospice work, hospice volunteers are trained on the ways in which they will directly assist patients, caregivers and families as well as the administrative tasks they’ll be performing. Issues of boundaries, communication, cultural diversity, privacy, and the end-of-life journey are all discussed at length.
The value of volunteers in hospice and the compassion they share with others cannot be overstated. A 2010 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) study found that hospice programs with higher levels of direct care volunteer involvement reported higher levels of care satisfaction from the bereaved families of hospice patients.
We Love Our Center for Hope Volunteers
At the Center for Hope, we are fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers who not only enjoy giving of their time but also spending time with our patients and their loved ones. From making room visits to serving special meals, playing music or working on a craft, these individuals are making a big difference in everyone’s lives from the activities they engage in with and for our patients. Others prefer to help out in the office. Some come as part of an area company’s community outreach program, others from houses of worship while still others for the sheer joy of giving back to others on an individual basis.
You can see some of these stories on our Facebook page and read about volunteer opportunities on our website here. To find out more, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Stacy Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 889-7780.
For further reading, click the links below to access archives of previous blog entries.
The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care
Peggy's House & the Center's Administrative Offices: 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Father Hudson House: 111 DeHart Place, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
The Hope Chest: 26 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ 07090
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