Heartland Hospice Services
Heartland Hospice's Vigil Volunteer Program is designed to provide a compassionate, loving presence to hospice patients who are actively dying. As a patients begin to draw closer to death and make their final Transition, Vigil Volunteers comfort patients emotionally and spiritually, ensuring that they do not die alone. Vigil Volunteers receive specialized training to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of approaching death and how to provide support to patients, in addition to loved ones and caregivers, if present at the time.
Volunteers can sit with patients for varying lengths of time, including daytime, evening or overnight, as available.
Vigil Opportunities are available throughout Montgomery & Prince Georges' Counties and invite volunteers to offer the following in the way of presence and care:
~ reading poetry, prayers and devotions that have meaning for the patient
~ providing soothing music and peaceful sounds of nature through voice, instrument or electronic device
~ storytelling with family and loved ones present during vigil visit
~ ensuring patients are comfortable and pain-free
~ sitting quietly while holding a patient's hand
Please review our website for further details by following the link below. An application for volunteering can also be downloaded there:
About Heartland Hospice Services
12304 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705, US
The mission of Heartland Hospice is to provide quality hospice care to patiients with a limited life expectancy, as well as support to their caregivers.
The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced through palliatvive and specialized supportives cared designed to meet the physical, psychosocial, social and spiritual needs of the patients and caregivers.
Hospice care is provided by an interdisciplinary team utilizing an approach to the care delivered to patients either in their own home or extended care facility; working cooperatively with area health care providers and other community resources.
Heartland Hospice strives to provide care to all whoare eligible and need hospice care irrespective of ability to pay.
Volunteers offer services in office settings, special projects, and direct patient care. Office volunteers provide filing, typing and other administrative support. They also answer phones, assist with workshops, inventory hospice supplies, assemble marketing materials and educational packets and file documentation.
Special project volunteers provide indirect support of patients with arts and crafts as well as other special activities. They make quilts, afghans, bibs, slippers, and lap robes. They create cards for holidays and special occasions. They also man health fair booths and assist with memorial services.
A majority of our volunteers provide direct patient care through friendly visits to homes and facilities. These volunteers provide companionship and emotional support to patients and families through visits, reading, relief sitting, letter writing, preparation of meals, grocery shopping, pet therapy, music and art.