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Hope Hospice Angels? Not Exactly, But…

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Hospice personnel have frequently been referred to as “angels.”

By certain definitions, that’s an accurate term. “A person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, (such) as… kindliness.” “A person who…acts as if sent by God.” “Someone who is very good or kind.” “A person of exemplary conduct or virtue.”

Numerous survivors of hospice patients have written letters to us at Hope Hospice describing our staff members as angels. We are not the only hospice to receive such high praise. Some hospices around the U.S. and the world have even gone so far as to include the word “angel” in their hospice name.

While angels depicted on TV and in movies (such as Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life and Jonathan Smith on Highway To Heaven) have a direct line to heaven and God, our team members cannot make that claim. But our employees and volunteers have served patients and family members with similar dedication and determination to do things the right way. When circumstances dictate a need, our team members go above and beyond to make sure things are taken care of, in the patient’s best interests.

The country music group Alabama sang a song called Angels Among Us, describing angel-like behavior by fellow humans along the path of life. But the chorus speaks of angels sent from “somewhere up above.” About those angels, they sing: “They come to you and me, in our darkest hours… To show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love.”

Our Hope Hospice “angels” are not from somewhere up above. They are all mortal, from here on earth. But the level of compassion and care that’s delivered daily to our patients and their family members is exceptional. And for that we are proud.

For information about hospice care in metro St. Louis, please call us at Hope Hospice at any time at 314-984-9800

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Hope Hospice Needs Volunteers

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Hope Hospice needs volunteers. No medical experience is necessary. In fact, as a hospice volunteer, you are not allowed to perform any medical functions. The main thing our volunteers provide to our patients is companionship.

Our organization is looking for compassionate people who might have some time to spend with a hospice patient. Hope Hospice volunteers receive several hours of individual training to prepare themselves for this important service.

A Hope Hospice volunteer works with one patient at a time. The volunteer visits the patient at the patient’s home or care facility. A volunteer can talk to the patient, read to the patient, watch a video with the patient—whatever the patient and caregiver prefer.

Occasionally, a volunteer may be asked to stay with a patient for a brief time while the caregiver steps out for a shopping trip or a walk around the block.

Hope Hospice volunteers undergo a thorough background check. This, along with our training, allows us to assure patients and families that our volunteers are people we trust.

Not everybody has what it takes to be a hospice volunteer. For some, the reality of being a hospice volunteer may not match up to what was imagined. For others, working with a person who is facing the end of life may present emotional challenges. However, the gratification of providing your time to a person who greatly appreciates it can be very rewarding.

An important characteristic of every Hope Hospice volunteer is reliability. When we tell a patient or caregiver that a volunteer will be there, we want to be confident that the volunteer will arrive as expected.

Hope Hospice volunteers come in all ages and from all backgrounds. From students to empty nesters to retired individuals, we welcome all who may be interested.

If you would like to help by donating some of your valuable time—and your compassion—to Hope Hospice patients, please call our volunteer coordinator C. J. Bilbrey at the Hope Hospice office at 314-984-9800.

For information about hospice care in metro St. Louis, call Hope Hospice any time at 314-984-9800.

Want to Help? Be a Hospice Volunteer!

The professional staff of Hope Hospice provides a broad array of services to our patients and their families. But Hope also depends on the help of our many volunteers.

Hope Hospice volunteers visit with patients and offer companionship and conversation during what can be a lonely time. For those who are facing death, having a new friend can do wonders for the spirit. It’s not always easy to be a good listener, but our volunteers work hard at it.

For volunteers, the rewards are many. Though they are not paid for their time and effort, they reap the emotional benefit that comes from helping another person. The value of these new human connections can immense. Listening to the stories told by Hope Hospice patients can help volunteers put their own lives in perspective.

Some Hope Hospice volunteers come from local nursing schools. For them, volunteering gives them new and different outlooks on patients and families. Some come from high schools. For teens, volunteering with a hospice presents a chance to interact with a completely different age group from their peers. Retired individuals with free time and plenty of energy are often looking for an opportunity to help. They make excellent volunteers.

You may not know that the state of Missouri requires all hospices to utilize the services of volunteers. Time spent with a hospice’s patients each week must include a percentage of volunteer time. At Hope Hospice, we endorse this mandate and constantly strive to exceed required minimums by a significant margin.

If you would like to consider becoming a Hope Hospice volunteer, we would love to hear from you. Please call 314-984-9800 and ask for C.J. Bilbrey, our Volunteer Coordinator. He can answer all your questions.

Being a hospice volunteer offers a sense of fulfillment for those who have time to give. At Hope Hospice, we appreciate all our volunteers. On behalf of our patients, family members and our professional staff, we thank you.

Volunteers—A Vital Part of Hospice Care

A hospice volunteer is a person to be appreciated and admired. She or he contributes that most precious of commodities: time. The time that a hospice volunteer spends with a patient, providing company and companionship, is of great value to all parties concerned: the patient, family members and other caregivers and hospice medical staff and other hospice staff.

Some hospice volunteers come from institutions where they are receiving medical training. But experience is not necessary to become a hospice volunteer. Hospices provide training to volunteers and give them the information they need to be able to provide help when and where it is needed.

What does a hospice volunteer do? She or he may visit patients on a regular basis, get to know them, be a friend. Sadly, it often occurs that a person’s longtime friends (and even some family members) do not visit when they know the patient is terminal. They may fear that they (and, perhaps, the patient) would be uncomfortable. The hospice volunteer can provide a simple human presence during what can be a lonesome journey. By talking to and listening to the patient, a volunteer can make those final days, weeks and months more meaningful.

A hospice volunteer can also provide a break for a family member or other caregiver who may need to get away from the house for a moment of relief. The volunteer can also help the caregiver by running small errands, such as picking up a bag of groceries or stopping by the dry cleaner.

Because hospice care is provided to persons who are expected to pass away in the very near future, likely prospects may be drawn away to more upbeat healthcare volunteer opportunities. Those who choose to become hospice volunteers are often people who have seen a dying family member experience the compassion of hospice care.

If you would like to know more about becoming a hospice volunteer, please call us at Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800. C.J. Bilbrey is our Volunteer Coordinator. He will be happy to talk to you and answer your questions about becoming a hospice volunteer.

To all our Hope Hospice volunteers, on behalf of patients, families, caregivers and hospice staff, we offer a since “thank you” for your efforts. You are truly appreciated!