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Direct Patient Care
ORGANIZATION: St. Joseph Hospice - New Orleans
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97 people are interested
Direct Patient Care:
Direct Patient Care involves a Volunteer working directly with one of our patients and families. Showing up REGULARLY & ON TIME as agreed to is primary! There are MANY different ways you can spend your time while providing Direct Patient Care for Relational, Social, and Emotional support:
- Hold the Patient's Hand
- Read to the Patient, just hearing your voice will provide comfort, whether they respond directly or not.
- Look at Family Photo albums & Wall photos of loved ones & encourage them to tell you "who they are".
- Record Patient stories in a notebook, share them with the Family. They will become invaluable for the future.
- Encourage the Patient to talk, ask them simple questions like "favorite color", "favorite movie star", "favorite vacation", "favorite food", etc.
- Sing simple songs with them: Mary had a little lamb, Row, row, row your boat, the Star Spangled Banner (most older Patients will relate to these simple songs & might sing along).
- Color with them when possible.
- Play Tic, Tac, Toe with them on a piece of paper.
- Be creative!
Respite Volunteers provide "much-needed" Relief to the Caregiver, for a maximum of 2-3 Hours, allowing the Caregiver to tend to their own needs while they rest in another room or leave the home to run errands/go to lunch or dinner/etc. The volunteer becomes a companion to the patient, quietly sitting and holding a hand, reading about current events or simply listening are some of the things a respite volunteer can offer to a Caregiver. This can help avoid "Caregiver breakdown".
Unexpected needs arise daily with patient families and members of our Hospice team. Delivering and picking up supplies,
Use Your Talents:
If you play a Musical Instrument, you could play for a Patient.
Other types of Therapies are welcome for our Patients as appropriate & agreed to with the Family:
- Massage Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Hair cuts/Styling
- Pet Therapy
About St. Joseph Hospice - New Orleans
507 Upstream Street, New Orleans, LA 70123, US
St. Joseph Hospice is a locally-owned agency dedicated to providing the highest quality hospice care to patients and families at this most crucial time in their lives. Our staff, comprised of compassionate, experienced, and palliative-trained professional, support staff and volunteers, work under the direction of a Board Certified hospice and palliative care physician using a team approach to care. St. Joseph Hospice is licensed by the State and certified by Medicare.
Hospice is based on the belief that through sensitive, appropriate care and the support of a community, terminally ill patients and their families can prepare to face the inevitable challenges ahead. Volunteers make a difference to patients and their families, the staff of hospice agencies, their communities and to one another.
Each area of hospice serves a unique purpose and relies on the skill and dedication of volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of the St. Joseph Hospice team approach to caring for those entrusted to us.
Hospice volunteers have important roles, which may include family care, nursing home visits, working at a health fair, or helping with an agency project. Each person brings a unique mix of talent and interests to the hospice experience and each volunteer is needed and appreciated by everyone in the hospice community.
Volunteers attend training seminars where they learn the hospice philosophy of intertwining the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying. Each volunteer has access to our staff of professionals to assist them in becoming comfortable dealing with patients and families faced with terminal illness.
Should you decide to become a volunteer, you will experience one of the most life affirming and personally rewarding gifts you will ever receive.
507 Upstream StreetNew Orleans, LA 70123
February 15, 2024
- Elder care
- Hospice Care
- Community Outreach
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- At least 1-3 hours per week is preferred & requested for consistency with Patients & Families. Minimum of 4 Hours per Month.
- Consistency, Dependable, Reliable, Trustworthy, Creative.