August 20, 2013
Kaweah Delta Hospice could not exist without devoted volunteers. Here
is a look the ways volunteers have touched the lives of patients. To volunteer
or learn more about Kaweah Delta Hospice, call Debbie Beringer at 559-733-0642.
The volunteer arrives at his
assigned patient’s home for a weekly visit. He brought his harmonica in
preparation for an enjoyable time with his 107-year-old friend and her
family. This visually impaired patient is ready and waiting with her
keyboard. They spend time playing music and reminiscing. When the
volunteer leaves, he is eager to return for his next visit.
Another volunteer calls a family
lonely member three months after the death of her loved one. The
volunteer listens, and provides hope and encouragement.
A patient in an assisted living facility
receives pet assisted social therapy. She is deaf and unable to speak but
provides a brilliant smile when her hand is guided to pet the dog.
Hospice is a scary word for many
people. It is a widely misunderstood concept and in reality is all about
living life to the fullest, up to the very end. It’s about dignity and
respect…and truly making a difference in someone’s life, one person at a
Kaweah Delta Hospice is a
not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to helping patients and their
families live with comfort, kindness and dignity during the final stages of a
terminal illness. Patients with a life expectancy of six months or less (if the
disease runs its normal course) receive comfort care anywhere the patient
resides within Tulare
County, whether at home,
in a residential care facility, or skilled nursing facility. We are dedicated
to relieving pain and other symptoms, as well as providing emotional support
and spiritual counseling. Patients and their families are offered a variety of
services designed to cover every aspect of their lives including a physician,
nurse, home health aid, chaplain, social worker and bereavement follow up.
An essential service offered by
hospice is that of volunteers. Volunteers provide relief, comfort and hope to
patients and their families. There are a variety of ways volunteers can
assist our families. We have volunteers who provide companionship visits,
respite visits, massage therapy pet assisted social therapy, podiatry care,
music therapy, transportation, office help and assist with special events.
Volunteers also assist with our Footsteps program, a group that offers grief
support for children.
Hospice could not exist
without our devoted volunteers!
“A unique relationship and
bond forms between the patient, family and volunteer, and I feel privileged to
be able to serve in this way.” -C. Nickel, Volunteer
Volunteers are provided with a
two-day orientation and in-service trainings on a variety of relevant
topics. Ongoing support is always available. The volunteer’s hours
are flexible and are based on the patient’s needs and the volunteer’s ability.
“I can’t change a patient’s
diagnosis, but I can bring a little kindness and comfort to the patient and
caregiver as they deal with their circumstances.” -Volunteer Pearl
Please call Debbie Beringer at
559-733-0642 for further information and to learn when the next orientation
will be held. This is an opportunity for you to express your creativity
in helping others, and making a difference in someone’s life. Your efforts
will not go unnoticed by our patients and those who care for them.
“Never believe that a few caring
people can’t change the world, for indeed, that’s all who ever
have. ~ Margaret Mead.