Local hospice volunteers offer comfort,support
Saturday, January 04, 2014 3:52 PM
In the last stages of terminal illness, one needs not only medical services, but also emotional and spiritual support in one of the most critical stages of life.
Interim HealthCare works to provide that support for not only many local residents, but also patients in surrounding areas as well.
Interim HealthCare Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator Bob DuPont said that care is mainly provided by professional healthcare providers, but it is also mandated that five percent of hospice care must be provided by volunteers.
And while gather volunteers has been somewhat of a challenge, the organization recently celebrated garnering enough support to make that mandate.
“We not only met that, but we also exceeded it,” DuPont said.
On Tuesday Dec. 17, the organization celebrated meeting that goal with volunteers at Calvary Baptist Church.
DuPont, who has been in his current position since October of 2012, has consistently worked to recruit volunteers in Brownfield. DuPont said he first concentrated his efforts in Levelland and then branched out to Brownfield.
DuPont began the recruiting process (for not only direct care volunteers but also office workers) by knocking on doors, visiting churches and conducting several speaking engagements. His main obstacle in garnering support was just getting residents to recognize the need and then to jump in.
DuPont said the benefits to volunteering (he currently has about 10 volunteers) is to see the benefit of their work and to see they are making a difference in when patients need them the most. The cost is just time of involvement as well as completing an eight-hour training course.
“I have found that volunteers come away with a great sense of satisfaction doing this kind of service,” DuPont said. “We do our best as a hospice to keep symptoms under control whether it be physical or emotional pain.”
For more information on becoming a hospice volunteer, contact DuPont at 441-4126.