Lake Regional Health System is seeking volunteers to serve in its new hospice program. The goal of hospice is to provide the highest quality of life possible while managing patients’ symptoms, such as pain, fatigue and shortness of breath. Hospice volunteers work directly with hospice patients in their homes.
“Hospice volunteers might help with light housework, meal preparation and providing respite for a few hours so caregivers can take a break,” said Jill Wilke, director of Lake Regional Palliative Care, Home Health and Hospice. “They can write letters or journal for the patient, read to them, play games, talk or just be present. They also can run errands for the patient.”
Hospice volunteers receive the same orientation as other hospital volunteers, plus a separate hospice volunteer orientation. This second orientation provides training in understanding grief and bereavement, the dying process, communication techniques, hospice regulations and other hospice-specific topics.
Once actively serving, hospice volunteers report to Wilke and are a part of the care team, consulting with the nurses, social worker, chaplain and therapists. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.
To learn more about volunteering for Lake Regional Hospice, contact Jill Wilke at 573-348-8290 or 573-302-2860. For information on this and other volunteer opportunities at Lake Regional, visit www.lakeregional.com/volunteers.