Washington, Iowa – The Compassus hospice program serving Washington is seeking volunteers to provide comfort and support to patients and their families. The program serves patients in Davis, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, VanBuren, Wapello and Washington counties.
“Hospice patients and their families face one of the most difficult challenges in life – but they don’t have to do it alone,” said Patricia Christy, executive director for Compassus – Washington. “A supportive presence and a lending hand can make an incredible impact. Volunteers are an important part of our care team, working alongside our colleagues to care for and comfort patients and loved ones.”
The mission of Compassus is to provide the highest quality and compassionate hospice care. By addressing their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, Compassus enhances the quality of life of patients and their families. 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 a variety of ways, including running errands, preparing meals or simply offering a listening ear. 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.