Last updated by Caitlin Gaspar on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:48pm
About the InternshipDuties:
Volunteers provide a variety of services for those who have a life limiting illness. Most patients are in their own homes, group homes or sometimes a skilled nursing facility. Volunteers provide active listening through life review and reminiscing; occasional assistance with household chores; running errands; emotional support; reading, writing letters, playing games and being a non-judgmental support person. Volunteers assist families by being with their patient while the caregivers have much needed time to run errands or do something good for themselves.
The population is made up of adults that are experiencing a life limiting illness. Most of our patients are elderly but we have many that are in their 40's and 50's. The secondary population is the families of our patients, consisting of spouses, adult children, younger children and grandchildren.
Our society is one that has difficulty with death. Volunteers reinforce the value of our patients by spending time with them, hearing their stories, holding their hands and being the one person from hospice that goes in without an agenda, other than doing what the patient wants to do.
Volunteers have a significant impact on the overall well-being of our patients and the families, bringing their unique qualities to this relationship and becoming a close part of the patient's hospice team. Volunteers help bring a sense of normalcy and balance to a system that struggles to regain homeostasis. The community is impacted by the healthy responses of the patient and their families. Working with hospice patients is one of the most rewarding experiences one will experience. Walking through this journey with a hospice patient and their family is indeed an honor. An experience you will NEVER forget.