NORTH ANDOVER, Mass – The Compassus hospice program serving North Andover and the surrounding areas is seeking volunteers to provide comfort to the frail and failing patients in its care and support to their families.
“Volunteers help make our mission a reality here at Compassus,” said Kim Iannacci, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – North Andover. “Whether simply providing companionship or a listening presence, each gesture – no matter how small – makes a meaningful impact on those we serve.”
Hospice is the original comprehensive approach to health care. No other health care sector is required to address all aspects of a patient’s and family’s health and wellbeing.
The mission of Compassus is to provide high-quality and compassionate hospice care to enhance the quality of life of patients and their families. Beyond providing physical treatment, hospice attends to the patient’s emotional, spiritual and family needs and provides services like respite care and bereavement counseling. An integral part of the care team, volunteers are relied upon to provide support, companionship and dignity to members of the community facing serious and life-limiting illness.
Volunteers can give their talents and time in many ways:
- Patient Support Volunteers: Through friendly visits, volunteers provide emotional support to patients and respite for caregivers. Possible activities include reading to patients, preparing meals and running errands.
- Veteran Volunteers: Veterans are part of a distinct culture with their own common language and experience. Veteran volunteers have the unique ability to connect with patients who share military experience.
- Pet Therapy Volunteers: Volunteers with certified pet therapy animals offer hospice patients comfort and companionship during the final months and weeks of life.
- Music Therapy Volunteers: Whether singing or playing an instrument, music therapy volunteers share the gift of music with patients.
- Craft Volunteers: Talented crafters can use their hobby for healing by creating homemade items to comfort hospice patients.
- Reiki Volunteers: Reiki is a healing technique that involves healing through touch. Volunteers provide Reiki to compliment a patient’s pain and medication management.
All participants receive special training on many aspects of hospice care and can choose to dedicate as little as two hours a month to as much as six hours a week.