NORWICH – Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County is currently seeking eight to ten people for its patient/family volunteer program, a unique opportunity to receive in-depth training on end-of-life care, according to volunteer coordinator Kendall Drexler.
Following an extremely successful recruiting season for administrative volunteers in late January, Drexler said she hopes to have the same kind of community response for the organization’s patient/family program. That’s typically not the case, however, as many potential volunteers have misconceptions when it comes to a volunteer’s responsibilities with Hospice.
“We really work with people to explore their feelings on death and help them process that experience before they enter a home to administer care,” said Drexler. “It’s important for them to know that volunteers do not administer medication or personal care, which is something we discourage. If anything unexpected were to crop up, a Hospice nurse or pre-determined family member or family friend would be available.”