Volunteerism takes a special kind of person, someone who is selfless and caring. These extraordinary individuals can hold a special place in the hearts of those they help. Within the group of volunteers is a segment that is unique to the Home Healthcare field who help patients on Hospice Care. The volunteers who have ventured to help those who are nearing the end of their lives are truly amazing people. Although the work can be tough there is also an existential quality to bettering the last moments of person’s life. Time becomes so much more important when there is not much left of it. To share in those moments is something this elite group can carry with them forever knowing they made a difference.
All of our Hospice Care Volunteers are great in their own right. Although in honor of National Volunteer Week we would like to honor a hand full of our Hospice Care volunteers who gave gone above and beyond. Please find below a small list and bio on each of these outstanding individuals.
Our Stand Out Volunteers:
Peggy has been volunteering with Assisted for 6 years. She is a very reliable volunteer who has a beautiful heart. She is a retired licensed nurse.
Peggy exemplifies love in action. In addition to volunteering with Assisted Hospice Care, Peggy also volunteers as a vice president on a council at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, as bereavement minister, as a minister for the homebound and sick and she offers a 6 week grief ministry grief support group 3 times a year. Peggy lives a life of loving service and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our Assisted Hospice Care team.”
Randy Dolan has been an Assisted volunteer since 2004. He is a pilot with American Airlines and as a volunteer soars above the rest. His selfless attitude and ability to help those around him makes him a stand out in his volunteer roll.
Deborah Defoe has been an Assisted volunteer since 2003. Her dedication to being a volunteer is second to none. Her great demeanor and understanding has made her the ideal Hospice Care volunteer. Assisted is lucky to have volunteers like Deborah at their disposal.
Marion Miller has been volunteering with Assisted for over a year. Professionally, she works as a psychotherapist and brings with her a great sensitivity and compassion in her service as a volunteer. She has supported both her patients and their families during challenging circumstances with a great steadiness and calming presence.
Sonia Rincon has been an Assisted volunteer for nearly 3 years. Being bilingual, Sonia is unique in her ability to interact with both English and Spanish speaking patients. She has an innate desire to be of service to others and brings her great faith and deep caring to her volunteer work. She demonstrates this in a wide variety of ways, from bringing flowers, to inspirational readings, to quiet reflection with her patients.
Carolyn Hubbs was a volunteer at a Skilled Nursing Facility for one of our hospice patients. She visited this patient daily for many years because the patient had no family and was confined to bed. She was beyond dedicated. Once the patient passed she came on board with us and that was in August 2014. She has sat with patients and read to them and provided companionship to those in need. Carolyn is cool and calm in a crisis. She was with a patient who had a really bad fall. She called the hospice team and stayed with the patient until the nurse could arrive, applying first aid to the patient until the nurse got there.
Gary Rees/Remi (the therapy dog)
Gary has been with Assisted since June 2013. He is upbeat and has provided companionship for many patients. Remi is a big lovable Berenese Mountain Dog, a true gentle giant. She is whisper trained and patients love her. Gary is a retired professor and claims he is a listener, talker and teller of tales. With or without his dog Gary is appreciated by the patients, family and by our hospice staff but anytime Gary arrives in our office or at any location with Remi everyone is delighted.
Assisted would like to thank all of our volunteers to their numerous hours of service and dedication to help those around them. For more information about becoming a Hospice volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.Assisted1.com to learn more about Hospice Care.