A Hospice volunteer coordinator coordinates the volunteer program. Volunteers
provide respite and emotional support for the patient and family during the
illness and bereavement period. Volunteers also assist with transportation,
light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, shopping and errands.
Medications that are related to the terminal illness are provided for
the patient through our pharmacy program.
Medical equipment such as but not limited to hospital beds, wheelchairs
and oxygen are provided for the patient as needed.
A Hospice chaplain coordinates spiritual care with the patient and family
and/or with the patient's minister.
Services for the Schools
The Grief Support Services for the Schools is a collaborative effort
with the Alexander School system to offer additional resources to the
counselors and principals in each school. A Hospice Medical Social Worker
works closely with the counselors to offer support and special counseling
to identified children who are working through grief and loss of a loved
one. The grief counseling is provided in small group settings with the
counselors and/or individually with children. The Hospice Medical Social
Worker is currently working collaboratively with the school system to
establish a Crisis Management Team to respond to the students when a crisis
situation occurs in a school. Within the next year, our goal is to offer
a day long bereavement camp for those students who have suffered the loss
of a loved one.