The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Amedisys mission is to provide cost-efficient, quality healthcare services to the patients entrusted to our care.
Volunteers will be an important member of an interdisciplinary team working to "de-institutionalize" the dying experience and provide a more humane system of care for the dying and their families. 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. It’s important that volunteers understand the history of hospice and are aware of the specific ways their local hospice works to serve the community.
Direct Activities Include:
Providing companionship to patients and/or caregivers
Shopping for patients/caregivers
Reading to or writing letters for patients
Collecting and arranging donated flowers(i.e. from flower shops, funeral homes)
Craft projects with patients and/or delivery to patients
Care calls/tuck-in calls
Spiritual prayer calls
Videoing reports and introductions of team/staff for family members who live far away
Delivering supplies or equipment to patients' homes or running other errands to relieve staff
Support to family members
Support at the time of death
Helping patients decorate/un-decorate at time of holidays
Holiday baking with patients and their families
Christmas caroling at patient’s home
Creating holiday decorations
Indirect Care Activities Include:
Staffing booths at open houses
Preparing monthly newsletters
Creating hospice volunteer display board(s)
Assisting with nursing home activities
Support of social workers with quality of life tool
A hospice volunteer helps fill that gap by being a companion who understands the process of dying and provides compassion, comic relief and conversation; there will be no hands-on medical or patient care required or allowed.