Volunteers: The Heart of Hospice
Has your life ever been blessed by a volunteer? Are YOU a volunteer who makes a difference? Volunteers have a profound impact on our community! They carry a sense of pride, satisfaction and accomplishment. Volunteers strengthen community ties and improve the lives of others.
At BSA Hospice of the Southwest, volunteers focus attention, compassion, and love on our patients. It’s not possible to single out just one volunteer who has impacted a life; they all have influenced lives in positive ways!
Our volunteer program offers a variety of service opportunities for people at every stage of life—from college students thru retirees. Volunteers in our hospice can fill administrative positions, including: clerical duties, assembling educational packets, answering phones, writing thank you cards, making copies, and filing. Volunteers also make calls to our bereaved and reminder calls for caregiver and grief support opportunities. Some volunteers furnish refreshments for our support meetings.
Our program also offers companionship and caregiver relief to patients and families. Volunteers may sit with a patient, playing games, reading or simply being there for them. Some volunteers donate their time giving haircuts, running errands, or shopping. For special occasions, volunteers will bake cookies, make sandwiches, or deliver a birthday cake and balloons to celebrate with patients and families. This always brightens a patient’s day.
Volunteers at BSA Hospice of the Southwest also participate in staffing our educational exhibit at community outreach programs and health fairs. They call bingo, share devotionals and sing songs at local facilities each month. When we offer snow cone parties in the summer or sing to home patients and facility residents during Christmas, our volunteers make “big points” with folks! Volunteers crochet prayer shawls, afghans, booties, walker totes, hand cushions for arthritis suffers, and make activity aprons and pillows to occupy and calm Alzheimer patients.
Our hospice also offers support called “11th Hour” to patients. Volunteers who are willing are trained in supporting patients and family members during the last hours of life. They offer support and comfort by their words, actions, and presence. When family members are exhausted and need a rest, volunteers can step in and sit with the patient. Volunteers are involved in our Veterans Recognition program. We count it an honor to serve those who have served our country!
We generate a Veterans Appreciation Certificate, including his or her name and branch of service. Some of our volunteers crochet red, white, and blue lap throws to honor them. We make the presentations during a ceremony with family members present. It is very touching to thank them for their service.
Our volunteers represent us in a professional manner, maintaining the highest standard of conduct and personal integrity. We are proud of our volunteers! They are the greatest in every way. If you or someone you know, would like to volunteer with BSA Hospice of the Southwest, please contact us at 806.356.0026 or call our Volunteer Coordinators, Marilee Bulls at 806.350.3463 or Susan Thomason at 806.350.8272.