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Volunteering with Hospice

Volunteers are an essential part of a hospice team, participating in roles from directly interacting with patients to helping with fundraising efforts. Hospice volunteers often describe their work as purposeful, validating, and meaningful. Hospice volunteers are at the heart of every hospice operation and are valued greatly. How Hospice Volunteers Serve Supporting Patients This is a huge part of what hospice volunteers do. These tasks can include: visiting with patients, reading, taking walks, helping communicate for patients, bringing in therapeutic items, or supervising therapeutic visits. This list is not all-encompassing, and volunteers can do so much more for the patients…
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Sandy Parker’s Experience as an Eleventh-Hour Volunteer

One basic value of hospice care is that no one should die alone without support or the presence of loved ones. In addition to caring for the patient, the loved ones of hospice patients deserve and benefit from support as well. Eleventh-hour volunteers are trained to keep vigil and provide that supportive presence to patients and families in the final hours of life. The following is Sandy’s story and her journey as an eleventh-hour volunteer. Why Did Sandy Become an Eleventh-Hour Volunteer? Sandy was already a volunteer with Premier Hospice & Home Health before she became an eleventh-hour volunteer. When…
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Susan Lee’s Experience as an Eleventh-Hour Volunteer

One basic value of hospice care is that no one should die alone without support or the presence of loved ones. In addition to caring for the patient, the loved ones of hospice patients deserve and benefit from support as well. Eleventh-hour volunteers are trained to keep vigil and provide that supportive presence to patients and families in the final hours of life. The following is Susan’s story and her journey as an eleventh-hour volunteer. Why Did Susan Become an Eleventh-Hour Volunteer? Many eleventh-hour volunteers’ journeys begin the same – a loved one passed away and they were unable to…
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Mickey Gulli’s Experience as an Eleventh-Hour Volunteer

One basic value of hospice care is that no one should die alone without support or the presence of loved ones. In addition to caring for the patient, the loved ones of hospice patients deserve and benefit from support as well. Eleventh-hour volunteers are trained to keep vigil and provide that supportive presence to patients and families in the final hours of life. The following is Mickey’s story and her journey as an eleventh-hour volunteer. Why Did Mickey Become an Eleventh-Hour Volunteer? At a young age, Mickey’s father passed away. As the oldest sibling of two younger brothers, she was…
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11th Hour Volunteers: A Supportive Presence in the Final Hours of Life

One basic value of hospice care is that no one should die alone without support or the presence of loved ones. In addition to caring for the patient, the loved ones of hospice patients deserve and benefit from support as well. Eleventh-hour volunteers are trained to keep vigil and provide that supportive presence to patients and families in the final hours of life. What is an eleventh-hour volunteer? Oftentimes, patients find themselves alone during their last days because they have limited or no family close-by. These trained volunteers are able to fill in when a loved one cannot or when…
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Sharon’s Story: Becoming a Hospice Volunteer

I became interested in becoming a volunteer with hospice after both my mother-in-law and father-in-law passed away. Both parents were able to stay in their own home during their last months of life because of Premier Hospice. Everyone affiliated with Premier is caring and dedicated to ensuring patient needs are met. They go above and beyond, equipping family with the resources they need to care for their loved ones and themselves during the grieving process. Becoming a hospice volunteer is rewarding—lending support to the caregiver and family members of your patients. Something as simple as sitting with a patient so…
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Premier “Volunteer Spotlight”

Name: Vince Punzo Occupation: Professor of Psychology at Earlham College Hometown: St. Louis, MO Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy running, reading and am a big baseball fan. My favorite team is the Chicago Cubs and I’ve seen a baseball game at over 35 different Major League stadiums. What made you interested in hospice volunteering? I started teaching a class on death and dying at Earlham College. I realized that being a hospice volunteer would allow me to better understand the philosophy and practice of hospice care and then I could pass that knowledge along to my students. What is your favorite thing…