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Published on June 06, 2012

Crozer-Keystone Hospice Program Seeking Volunteers

Springfield, Pa. – Do you have a special talent—such as knitting or painting—that you would like to share with others? Do you want to give back to your community but just haven’t found the right fit?

Crozer-Keystone Health System is currently seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to provide respite care and emotional support for patients (and their family members) in its Hospice program, which provides palliative care to patients who are in the final stages of terminal diseases. Hospice volunteers can perform a variety of tasks for patients and their families, such as running errands, reading to patients, providing emotional or spiritual support to families, and much more.

Additional opportunities are available at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park—including greeters, hosts/hostesses, assisting patients during meal times, baking cookies in the Residence’s kitchenette, answering phones and other clerical duties, and more. You can even help develop your own “job” based on your unique talents. Sometimes, it’s just a gentle touch or a caring word that makes all the difference to hospice patients and their families.

The Hospice team works to establish a companionship with their patients by reminding them that their remaining time can be meaningful and peaceful. Volunteers primarily focus on providing comfort, rather than a cure, to patients through this period of their lives. While physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, grief counselors, spiritual counselors and health aides compose the hospice team, it is the volunteers who are at the heart of the program. They are essential members of the Hospice team. The warm and nurturing setting that Hospice establishes provides an uplifting experience for all.

No professional experience is necessary to be a hospice volunteer. A special training session will be held for all prospective volunteers. The program is open to those who are 18 years of age or older.

For more information about becoming a Hospice volunteer, call Carrie Baxter, director of Hospice volunteers, at (610) 284-0700.

For more information on CKHS Hospice services, visit www.crozerkeystone.org, click on “Services,” and select Home Care and Hospice.

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