The Reasons Why You Should Consider Making a Difference as a Hospice Volunteer
- Author Jessica Lane
- Published October 9, 2012
- Word count 467
There are many ways to volunteer and give back to your community, but volunteering at a hospice care center is certainly one of the most rewarding and fulfilling ways. This type of volunteer opportunity isn’t just a way for kind-hearted people to work with ailing patients; it’s a way for all involved to develop real friendships, open their hearts and find inspiration through this transformative experience. It’s an experience that doesn’t just help the patient; it’s rewarding for the volunteer as well.
Anyone who is looking for a life-changing experience should consider giving their time in service to a local end-of-life care program. Here are some additional reasons why.
- The benefits are out of this world.
While it’s easy to think about what an end-of-life caregiver has to share, it really shouldn’t be all that hard to understand what they have to gain. Sharing the blessing of a smile or simple squeeze of a hand is enough to do wonders and put things in perspective as you give back to your community and humanity. Having someone to do simple things with, like to sit and read, to laugh and cry, to share stories with, to listen to their voice, to bring hope and companionship and to just be there for them, letting them know they are not alone, is one of the most precious gifts you can give to another human being.
- Almost anyone can volunteer.
You may be surprised to learn that people of all ages and experience levels can volunteer. Quality care centers can boast of volunteer teams ranging in age, gender, ethnicity and education level, including people from all walks of life.
Regardless of the differences that may be present, volunteers do have a few things in common. They are all caring, compassionate and willing to open their hearts to bring joy to people during this difficult time in their lives. There is no need to have any specific medical or professional knowledge or experience working with elderly people to do this important volunteering work. There are, however, special volunteering opportunities available for certain skilled professionals.
- Support is in place for the volunteers as well.
If you are considering volunteering for a care-giving program like those provided by LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care, for example, remember that you will not be going it alone. Quality hospices will offer an extensive Volunteer Orientation Program ending with certification, but the training doesn’t end there. Centers can offer continued support and training for volunteers, even for alternative services such as aromatherapy and healing touch. Whether you offer your time and skills as an administrative, bereavement, general patient care or specialized project volunteer, you will be ready to provide the services necessary and have the support you need as you continue.
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