facesofhealthcare“We have volunteers that will sit with them for a few hours. That may be needed for a few days or a couple of weeks. With volunteers in the house, families can go do their groceries and have a coffee with a friend. That’s the only way they can cope. The extra help that volunteers provide can allow families to keep their loved ones at home for longer, and when possible, to die at home.”
“Nobody wants their dad to die alone in his room at 2 o’clock in the morning. So if death is considered imminent, we have a volunteer sit with dad while the children sleep. That’s really important. They know someone is there if dad is agitated and tries to get up. They know that there is a volunteer sitting with him and touching him. If he is restless, somebody will make sure he is covered properly. A palliative volunteer program is a huge gift for a community, but many communities don’t have this.” #palliativecare #dying #volunteer #community #nursesofinstagram
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