At the heart of Hospice are its Volunteers,
Caring people who simply want to give of themselves.
It is a Medicare requirement that a minimum of five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers. This provision underscores the important role that hospice volunteers play in providing quality of life at the end of life. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), there are more than 450,000 trained hospice volunteers contributing more than 21 million hours annually to hospice organizations across the country.
As more Americans elect palliative and hospice care, the need for volunteers will continue to grow. Here at Absolute Compassion, our volunteers are important members of our circle of care, so we truly value and support them! We rely on them as they offer their skills and gifts to our patients, families and organization – they are the cornerstone of what we do.
“Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.”
“When you volunteer, you are not paid in money or recognition, you are paid in love. People may forget what you said, and people may forget what you did, but they will never forget how it made them feel.”
Many of our volunteers feel inspired and gratified to serve our hospice patients and families. Each of them has something unique to offer, usually including an open ear, a hand to hold, a compassionate heart, and a willingness to be of caring service. Some sing, some bring flowers, and some help decorate holiday gift boxes. We are so appreciative and grateful for their help. We simply wouldn’t be the same without them.
Perhaps you have had the urge to give back to your community in a meaningful way. If you are interested in becoming an Absolute Compassion volunteer, you can find out more information here: Become a volunteer.