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Hospice Mission: Hospices are dedicated to providing compassionate hospice care of the highest quality, to serve the needs of terminally ill patients and their families. The term "Hospice" comes from the root word Hospitality. In medieval times, hospice was a place of shelter for travelers on a difficult journey. I'm sure you would agree that no journey in life is more difficult than that of those suffering a terminal illness. Hospice provides End of Life Care for people with varied diagnoses in the end stages of the illness. These include, but are not limited to, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease or dementia, multiple sclerosis, renal failure, cancer and AIDS. The services Hospice provides are comprehensive, efficient, clinically effective, and enhanced by education and research programs. Hospice Vision: Hospice of Henry Ford Residence will: ? Assume a leadership role in the care of the terminally ill, regardless of diagnosis. ? Establish centrally administrated hospice teams throughout the Hospices of Henry Ford Residence. ? Be recognized as an educational resource for the residence and community. ? Involve the community through philanthropic and volunteer support. ? Encourage third-party payors to participate in the care of all terminally ill patients. Philosophy: ? Hospices provide support and care for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes dying as a part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of remaining life. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care, and the promotion of a caring community sensitive to their needs, patients and their families may be free to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them. ? The hospice interdisciplinary team provides ongoing assessment for control and relief of pain and symptoms. Realizing that pain may be physical, emotional, spiritual of psychosocial; the interdisciplinary team utilizes their expertise to meet the special needs of the patients and families throughout the illness, at death, and through a period of bereavement. Integrating their planning and participation in the patient's care preserve the integrity of the patient's family. Because the patient and family are the unit of care, meeting the needs of the family is an integral part of hospice services. Hospice care strives to enhance the quality of life for all concerned whether they are in the hospital or in the home.
Education: All companionship volunteers must complete a 20-hour on-site training program developed to equip the volunteer with the tools necessary to be an effective contributor to the patient and interdisciplinary team. Office, Special Event and Butterfly Bouquet support volunteers attend a (4) four hour volunteer training. On-the-Job Training: Orientation to the program environment is completed during the first assignment. The orientation is geared to the type of volunteer activity, i.e., office work, patient/family assignment, bereavement, etc. that the volunteer will be performing. Basic Qualities:
? Emotional stability/comfortable with the subject of death ? Motivated to assist with the dying or bereaved ? Open to new ideas and methods, willing to be trained ? Sensitive to the needs of other ? Able to be a good listener ? Tolerant of cultural and religious differences ? Sense of humor ? Positive approach to life ? Willingness to help others
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