Emerald Coast Hospice seeks volunteers

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

Sometimes they will be afraid to share certain things with their loved ones, said Smith.

“Patient Care Services is a great way to step in and help,” she said. “Another service provided through Patient Care Services is caregiver relief. Those caregivers need to be able to get out of the home themselves and go to doctor’s appointments, hair appointments, drive their other family members other places.”

That’s where the volunteer comes in and sits with the patient while the caregiver leaves.

“There are certain things that a caregiver cannot do such as lifting, feeding and administering medication,” she said. “We also make sure that before a volunteer is given that there is a good fit between the caregiver, patient and volunteer. Another aspect of volunteering is bereavement, that’s after a family member has gone through hospice services and has passed away. We keep a family in our services for 13 months where the family can continue to receive services to cope with the loss of their loved one.”

Smith said there are also gatherings where grieving families can get together, eat and connect with other grieving families.

“It’s very therapeutic,” she said. “It helps them to be able to open up and to talk about it. Another volunteer aspect is clerical and administrative, if you know of anyone who is looking to get out of the home and work a couple hours a month, they can come into the Chipley or Marianna office and work side by side in the office.”

There are also event volunteers that help out with events such as the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo, Sunland Festival and Marianna Arts Festival.

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