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Nov. 15, 2013: Our readers write

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By The Staff

Volunteers are  Hosparus backbone

In the mid-1970s, a group of thoughtful citizens came together joined by a common interest. They believed people deserved to live the best quality of life possible until the end of life. That meant having a choice in how and where they would spend those remaining months, weeks or days.

These selfless volunteers brought a new kind of care to our communities called “hospice.” They weren’t sure if it would work or if it would last – they did it anyway.

Thanks to their bold efforts, this year, we celebrate 35 years of service. Our teams of professionals and volunteers have cared for more than 80,000 patients and families since we admitted that first patient in June 1978.

Today, more than 800 volunteers help our 500-plus employees care for patients and families at the end of life. In addition to giving families a needed break from caregiving, our volunteers help with special events, fundraising, administrative tasks, hair care and massage therapy among other assignments. This past year alone, these dedicated individuals donated more than 47,000 hours of their time. Those hours translate into a value of approximately $1 million.

The time and the value our volunteers provide have been particularly welcome this past year.

It is no secret that cuts to the Hospice Medicare Benefit have dramatically affected all hospices, including Hosparus. But just like our founding volunteers, we know it is work that must be done.

Our dedicated teams of professional care providers including physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains and grief counselors will continue to serve our patients and families with unwavering help and support from Hosparus volunteers.

In honor of all Hosparus volunteers, I ask that you consider lending your time, talent and treasure to our organization. To learn about how you can get involved, go to www.hosparus.org.

For us, the road to the home of a patient who needs us is never too long; it’s a journey we treasure for a life we celebrate. Thanks to Hosparus volunteers, we always will be here to answer the call for help.

All of us at Hosparus wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. As always, if we can help you or someone you love, call us at 800-264-0521.

Jan Morton
Associate Vice President,
Executive Director of Community Clinical Services
Hosparus
Elizabethtown