Hospice Affirms Life

For Hearts for Hospice & Home Health, hospice affirms life. And when in hospice care it is likely you have an interdisciplinary team consisting of kind and skilled nurses, medical directors, aids, social workers, chaplains, and hospice volunteers all practicing a holistic tailored approach.

So, who are the ordinary people doing extraordinary things? Well everyone on your team, but today we are recognizing why hospice volunteers can have such an important role in end-of-life care.

A hospice volunteer is considered someone who has the ability to share their heart and watch others’ hearts grow as time passes, sharing a connectedness. For some, it may be the only other heart around and for others it could be adding to the love shared within a family. The capacity to go about serving selflessly is an act only some are capable of and are the ones who represent Hearts for Hospice & Home Health undoubtedly.

Hospice volunteers are there to see what patients needs are and help fulfill them. Our volunteers accomplish a multitude of things from providing companionship and support, to lending a helping hand around the house, talking, going on a stroll with or reading to the patient, to helping with fulfilling final wishes, and anything else that can be thought of in-between. The support the Hearts for Hospice & Home Health volunteer team is able to provide goes above and beyond what is expected.

In other words, a hospice volunteer is there to help enhance the patient’s quality of life in many ways. Having volunteers only helps increase the scope of the care to help provide more relief, comfort, and sometimes just to simply take your mind off things.

In volunteering instances, it is not only the patient’s quality of life improving but the same is also happening for the volunteer. When volunteering, a sense of purpose is met which can bring fun and fulfillment to your life. Not only that but it is a way to increase social and relationship skills. Our volunteers at Hearts for Hospice & Home Health form bonds with our patients and their families holding them near in their hearts.

If we wanted to get scientific with why volunteering is helpful to not only the patient but the volunteer as well, researchers from London School of Economics found that “helping others kindles happiness…”. If you think hospice volunteering is right for you please feel free to contact Laura Ehmann at Laura.Ehmann@premierhospiceaz.com

To find out more about how Hearts for Hospice & Home Health services can benefit your loved one, please contact us.

Hearts Volunteer Making Memories

Hearts Volunteer Linda just completed and sent her 1,000th bear and has no plans for stopping.

Hearts for Hospice is blessed with a very talented volunteer. Meet Linda, a skilled seamstress (she’s been sewing since she was a little girl) and skilled memory maker. Linda has the ability to transform patient clothing into special keepsakes for their families. Families of deceased hospice patients are notified of the bear program and can provide Linda with clothes (particularly shirts) that can be sewn into a huggable bear.

“So many memories are wrapped up in the scent of a loved one,” says Linda. “Much of the clothing I receive has a distinct fragrance—tobacco or perfume.” She appreciates families entrusting her with their most personal items.

Linda gives surviving loved ones something to hold onto—she receives wonderful thank you cards and letters of gratitude but continues the tireless sewing as a way to be of service.

“The bears give families something very special to hold onto during the bereavement process and beyond,” says a Hearts for Hospice Nurse’s Aide. “It can bring closure in a sweet way.”

For more information on the Hearts’ Bear Program, contact Mary Friedrich at 208-389-2276.

Hearts Bears