Honoring the Contributions of Hospice Volunteers

 

Clarion Forest VNA Hospice celebrates its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21. They are honoring the 27 dedicated volunteers from our community who ensure that patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness find care, compassion, and support.

Hospice volunteers play an indispensable role in enabling Clarion Forest VNA Hospice to offer the best care possible to the patients, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy, and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and caring to the lives of those in need.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.

It is federally mandated under Medicare that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers reflecting the vital role that volunteers play in the provision of care.

Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.

For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit the VNA’s website @ www.cfvna.org or call 814-297-8400.