Veterans share that special bond of similar experiences and memories that most of us cannot even fathom. Senior Independence Home Health & Hospice honors U.S Military Veterans for their dedication to our safety, security and freedom and our wish is to now provide safety, security and caring to them at the end of their lives through our hospice services and by providing volunteers who have a special understanding of their unique background as a military veteran.
Senior Independence Hospice recognizes our U.S. Military Veterans through participation in the We Honor Veterans program ( http://www.wehonorveterans.org/), a collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration. Again, this program acquires even more meaning for those being honored when fellow veterans are involved at the ceremonies.
Hospice is a special kind of caring. Hospice care is patient and family centered and seeks to provide support and comfort to those facing a life limiting illness. Volunteers play a large role in this effort by sharing their skills and interests in a manner that enriches the quality of life for those they serve.
Medicare also recognizes the importance of volunteers in the delivery of hospice care. Medicare requires that hospices utilize volunteers from their local community to augment the care the hospice agency provides. Nationally, over 100,000 people serve as hospice volunteers and give millions of hours of their time to serve terminally ill patients and their families.
How you can help
Hospice volunteers help patients and families in a variety of ways including some of the following:
- Companionship, listening, reading to patients
- Spiritual support
- Errands, yard work, organization
- Creating memories (scrapbooks, audio/visual tapes, etc.)
Hospice volunteers can also provide the agency with clerical support in a variety of ways including:
- Internet research projects
- Photocopying/and filing
- Assembling information packets
- Assisting with mailings
- Making support telephone calls to patients and families
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 2 Hours Per Month
- Veteran Status