Hospice Care Volunteers are brightening lives every day

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, nearly 500,000 volunteers provide approximately 22 million hours of service to hospice care programs every year. Some volunteer as a result of personal experiences with hospice involving friends or family, others simply have a desire to give help where it’s needed. Whatever the reason, volunteers are an integral and essential part of hospice and palliative care.

The Green Valley News and Sun recently interviewed several hospice care patients about what volunteers did for them, and had this to say:

These men and women, many former caregivers themselves, help provide the non-medical care often required by patients. They will help with chores, such as laundry and shopping, or simply spend time with a patient so caregivers can have a rest.

After explaining how volunteers help her husband with crossword puzzles and have brought meals in the past, Bette Myers called them “the root of everything.” Jeanette Hurt, herself on hospice care, said one of the women who visits her has been a volunteer for 22 years and, after doing chores, will bring her books to read.

“That’s what you call dedication,” Hurt said.

Interested in volunteering in the West Virginia area? Follow the link to view Hospice Care’s Volunteering & Service page.