Kaweah Delta Hospice in need of volunteers

Kaweah Delta Hospice could not exist without devoted volunteers. Here is a look the ways volunteers have touched the lives of patients. To volunteer or learn more about Kaweah Delta Hospice, call Debbie Beringer at 559-733-0642.   

The volunteer arrives at his assigned patient’s home for a weekly visit.  He brought his harmonica in preparation for an enjoyable time with his 107-year-old friend and her family. This visually impaired patient is ready and waiting with her keyboard.  They spend time playing music and reminiscing.  When the volunteer leaves, he is eager to return for his next visit.   

Another volunteer calls a family lonely member three months after the death of her loved one.  The volunteer listens, and provides hope and encouragement.  

A patient in an assisted living facility receives pet assisted social therapy.  She is deaf and unable to speak but provides a brilliant smile when her hand is guided to pet the dog.    

Hospice is a scary word for many people.  It is a widely misunderstood concept and in reality is all about living life to the fullest, up to the very end.  It’s about dignity and respect…and truly making a difference in someone’s life, one person at a time.   

Kaweah Delta Hospice is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to helping patients and their families live with comfort, kindness and dignity during the final stages of a terminal illness. Patients with a life expectancy of six months or less (if the disease runs its normal course) receive comfort care anywhere the patient resides within Tulare County, whether at home, in a residential care facility, or skilled nursing facility. We are dedicated to relieving pain and other symptoms, as well as providing emotional support and spiritual counseling. Patients and their families are offered a variety of services designed to cover every aspect of their lives including a physician, nurse, home health aid, chaplain, social worker and bereavement follow up.  

An essential service offered by hospice is that of volunteers. Volunteers provide relief, comfort and hope to patients and their families.  There are a variety of ways volunteers can assist our families.  We have volunteers who provide companionship visits, respite visits, massage therapy pet assisted social therapy, podiatry care, music therapy, transportation, office help and assist with special events. Volunteers also assist with our Footsteps program, a group that offers grief support for children.  

Hospice could not exist without our devoted volunteers! 
“A unique relationship and bond forms between the patient, family and volunteer, and I feel privileged to be able to serve in this way.”  -C. Nickel, Volunteer  

Volunteers are provided with a two-day orientation and in-service trainings on a variety of relevant topics.  Ongoing support is always available.  The volunteer’s hours are flexible and are based on the patient’s needs and the volunteer’s ability.  

“I can’t change a patient’s diagnosis, but I can bring a little kindness and comfort to the patient and caregiver as they deal with their circumstances.” -Volunteer Pearl Call     

Please call Debbie Beringer at 559-733-0642 for further information and to learn when the next orientation will be held.  This is an opportunity for you to express your creativity in helping others, and making a difference in someone’s life.  Your efforts will not go unnoticed by our patients and those who care for them.   

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world, for indeed, that’s all who ever have.   ~  Margaret Mead.
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