Hospice care provides comprehensive and compassionate care for someone with a life-limiting illness. Trinity Health Hospice involves a team-oriented approach for medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.
Volunteers play an important role with Hospice patients by providing non-medical care and companionship to help hospice patients and their families. The duties that hospice volunteers provide “depend on the needs of the family,” explained Brenda Boehler, Volunteer Coordinator for Trinity Health Hospice. They can provide emotional and spiritual support or respite, so the caregiver can have a rest time or run errands away from the home. “They can play cards, read, sing, walk the dog, shovel snow, or help with yard work. Veteran to Veteran services are also needed,” she said.
Additionally, volunteers can do work from within the Hospice office such as assisting with meetings, filing, and phone calls. No special skills or experience are needed.
“Volunteering does mean so much to the patients and the families we serve,” Boehler said, adding here is “always a need” for Hospice volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Trinity Health Hospice, or for more information, please contact the Hospice office at 701-857-5082 or e-mail [email protected]