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Serenity Palliative and Hospice CareSerenity Palliative and Hospice Care
Serenity Hospice's mission is to provide dignity and quality of life through death and beyond with compassion, passion and commitment. Focus of care is directed toward patient goals for the remainder of life and is adjusted and refocused as the condi... Read more
Serenity Hospice's mission is to provide dignity and quality of life through death and beyond with compassion, passion and commitment. Focus of care is directed toward patient goals for the remainder of life and is adjusted and refocused as the condition of the patient changes.
Nurses, social workers, home health aides, volunteers, bereavement counselors, chaplains, hospice physicians and management of Serenity Hospice provide a dynamic, holistic interdisciplinary team to serve the patient, family, caregiver and significant other which is recognized as the "unit of care."
The Serenity Hospice team will continuously strive to meet and exceed the unique and very individualized spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the "patient/unit of care" during the dying process, continuing through the bereavement (thirteen months) period that follows the death of the patient.
You should contact Serenity Hospice for details on their specific needs but some of the wide range of opportunities available for local hospice volunteers can include:
•Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets, even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills. •Respite and support for family members. Volunteers can assist with shopping or household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through. •Child care assistance. This can include help with babysitting, picking up children from school or providing necessary transportation to club meetings or sporting events and practices. Volunteers have also made invaluable contributions with family pet care. •Bereavement support programs. Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice's professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families. •Fund-raising and administrative work. A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting possible donors. To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with the dying, hospices require that volunteers complete extensive orientation and training sessions, as well as submit to a routine background check and drug screening. It's important that volunteers understand the history of hospice and are aware of the specific ways their local hospices works to serve the community. Depending on area of service, additional training may be available or necessary.