Create a Spiritual Partnership with Hospice Patients
VITAS Healthcare of LaSalle and The Greater Illinois Valley
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, said, "The primary needs of the terminally ill are spiritual. More than anything else the dying need meaning, hope and love." They are also looking for acceptance, an ultimate spiritual source and for dignity.
Spirituality is awareness and connection to a higher power or divine presence, a harmonious relationship or a connection with self, nature, or community, enabling a person to discover the essence of their being.
VITAS Volunteers can assist with spiritual care by...
-Being present with the patient and family
-Listening with sensitivity and openness
-Honoring and respect the patient’s faith traditions
-Encouraging practice of spiritual rituals such as meditation, or scripture reading or prayer
Remember all members of the VITAS team provide spiritual support. We do this by listening, caring, demonstrating empathy all without judgment.
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About VITAS Healthcare of LaSalle and The Greater Illinois Valley
105 Marquette Street, Suite A, LaSalle, IL 61301, US
VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocat es and are proactive in meeting the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.
Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare, providing friendly, non-medical patient and family care and offering support services in the office, using their cars and from their own homes.