A Special Kind of Caring
Patient care or grief support volunteers with Hospice of Humboldt can help a patient or family at a time when it matters most. Volunteers often say it’s one of the most
rewarding experiences of their lives.
Hospice is a special kind of caring. When a cure is no longer possible, hope continues, but the goal changes from restoring health to hope for dignity and purpose in the time remaining, and
a peaceful, comfortable death at the end.
We are an agency that cares for people in our community who
are in the last stage of life so that they can die at home, in a familiar environment, surrounded by their loved ones. But Hospice of Humboldt is more than a health care provider. Hospice is a philosophy of caring.
If this sounds like something you might like to do, an eight-hour
volunteer training is offered January 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and will provide information on the hospice team philosophy and on a
variety of volunteer programs.
Patient care specialists serve patients in their homes, work in the Pet Peace of Mind program helping patients and families care for their pets, or serve patients who are veterans in the We Honor Veterans program. Grief support specialists lead grief support groups or serve the bereaved one-on-one as a grief companion, helping them to rediscover the activities they enjoy.
Other volunteer positions at Hospice available that do not require this training include office work in Eureka and retail work at the Hospice Shop in Arcata.
Hospice of Humboldt has been serving families locally for more than 33 years and has a staff of 80 employees and 125 volunteers. Hospice provided end-of-life care to 605 patients last year who, as a result, were able to die with dignity and in comfort.
For more information on volunteer opportunities or to sign up for the training,
call Hospice of Humboldt at 445-8443 or visit www.hospiceofhumboldt.org.
(Posted by Skippy Massey)