Emerald Coast Hospice seeks volunteers

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

BONIFAY — Making a difference through volunteering was the main point made by two representatives from Emerald Coast Hospice on Wednesday. The hospice recently opened a location at 1330 South Boulevard in Chipley.

Emerald Coast Hospice employees Margo Lamb with volunteer services and Community Liaison Cecily Smith, spoke to the Bonifay Kiwanis Club in effort to educate the public on hospice and to find volunteers for the organization.

Smith opened by talking about their newest location at 1330 South Boulevard in Chipley.

“We did that because we had such a need for patient care on this side (of the hospice’s service area) and it was growing,” said Smith. “We actually have more patients on this side than on the Marianna side — that should tell you how many people need hospice services in this area.”

She said there is a common misconception when it comes to hospice care.

“Most people think that when you’ve got hospice care that you’re going to pass away or die right away and that’s just not the case most of the time,” she said. “Hospice care is for those with a life-limiting illness. You do have to have a physician’s order to be under hospice, but not to be referred.”

Anyone could be referred, she said, and it doesn’t just include cancer patients, it also covers Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Renal Disease and Alzheimer’s was a few examples she gave.

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