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National Volunteer Week is April 15-21 and Hospice of the Bluegrass is honoring its hospice care volunteers who provide support, companionship and hope to those facing a life-limiting illness, the agency announced in a news release.
“Hospice volunteers play an indispensable role in enabling Hospice of the Bluegrass to offer the best care possible for patients living with life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers.
“By sharing their time, energy and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and caring to the lives of those in need,” said Dora Hall, director of Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort office.
“Hospice volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. These dedicated volunteers help people live every moment of life to the fullest.
“Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experiences with the compassionate care hospice provided to their dying loved one.”
In Anderson County, 27 volunteers provided over 1,500 hours in 2011 to help Hospice of the Bluegrass care for patients and families in our community.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 468,000 hospice volunteers providing more than 22 million hours of service to hospice programs each year.
It is federally mandated under Medicare that 5 percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers.
This regulation reflects the vital role that volunteers play in the hospice philosophy of care and ensures that a hospice program has roots deep in the community, the agency said.
More information about hospice is available at www.hospicebg.org.