Caring for a terminally ill patient is a 24/7 job. This responsibility often falls to a loved one. An elderly spouse or child with children of their own. Sometimes to a sibling out of town, or sometimes even an elderly parent. The stresses of caring for a hospice patient are often intense and scary.
Hospice provides these families with aides, nurses, doctors, chaplains, therapist, social workers, and all suplies, equipment, and medication straight to their doors. Hospice also provides relief in the form of volunteers who stay with the patient so that the caregiver can leave the house comfortably to do their grocery shopping, pay bills, get a hair cut, or even just go upstairs and take a nap.
Caregiver Relief volunteers off up to four hours a week of their time with a patient. This time is usually spent talking, reading, playing games, or just being a kind presence while the caregiver takes time for themselves.
Caregiver relief volunteers NEVER participate in medical care, so you will NEVER bathe, change, or medicate patients.