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Coastal Hospice volunteers thanked

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Apr 20, 2017

 

 

printed 04/21/2017

 

Editor,

Right here in our community, nearly 200 trained volunteers are working with Coastal Hospice and giving selflessly to others who are nearing life’s end.

They give of themselves to ensure that our friends, neighbors, and family members under hospice care find dignity, hope, and love. Our community is a more compassionate place because of their service.

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week, and every single volunteer deserves our appreciation and grateful acknowledgement.

Coastal Hospice volunteers are integral members of the hospice team. They serve our patients and their families in their own homes or at assisted living or nursing homes throughout the Lower Shore.  They also assist in the office, help with outreach, give their time at the Coastal Hospice Thrift Shop in Berlin, and much more.

When visiting patients, our volunteers play games, read books, look through photo albums, listen to favorite stories, dress like Santa, drive to the store or barber shop, or go for a ride to the beach.

Hospice volunteers also support family caregivers during one of life’s most stressful periods. They’ll sit with patients and give caregivers a break to take some much-needed time off to have coffee with a friend, go to a movie, attend a family event, or simply rest.

An estimated 430,000 trained volunteers give more than 19 million hours of service every year in hospices across the country, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. During National Volunteer Week, these dedicated individuals deserve our appreciation.

To all of our Coastal Hospice volunteers, a grateful “thank you.”

Many of you have seen firsthand the value of hospice care at the end of a loved one’s life journey. We are always welcoming new volunteers. If you are interested in helping out your neighbors, please call 410-742-8732 or go to CoastalHospice.org.

Sally Rankin

Volunteer Coordinator, Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care

 

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