The role of a vigil volunteer is to be with hospice patients in the last hours of their lives. Tasks may include reading a comforting poem or prayer, listening to soothing music, or just sitting quietly holding the patient's hand. Being present with the patient is the main job at this time. The vigil volunteer will complete 2 additional hours of specialized training above the visit volunteer training (14 hours) for a total of 16 hours. The training will focus on what to expect in the last hours of living and cultural differences related to dying.
About Heartland Hospice
2201 Ridgewood Road, Suite 180, Wyomissing, PA 19610, US
We believe that our mission is to enrich lives. That begins wit every life we encounter: our employees, our patients, and those who love and care for them, the communities in which we operate, our stakeholders and those who are yet to become our customers.
Hospice emphasizes quality of life and also stresses human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient. The hospice focus is no longer on cure but rather on comfort.
Admission and treatment is delivered without discrimination of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, contagious diseases or sexual orientation.
Heartland Hospice can help when the prognosis is down to months and is certified by a physician. Since hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare and Medicaid and many private insurance plans, the staff will help the patient to determine what benefits they are qualified to receive.
Service and support to patient and family is round the clock (24 hours a day and 7 days a week). It is flexible regarding time, place, and any other matters concerning family and patient. Care is often in the patient's home and can be extended to skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities and hospitals.
The hospice team consists of highly trained and caring health professionals and trained volunteers: