Hospice volunteers (from left) Laura Turner; Deb Tedford; Joan Kealey; Shirley Holowchuk; Janet Quesnel; Christine Webster; Marijke Stott; Edna Hlokoff; Martina Duncan; Sherry Anderson; Carol Madden; Audrey Nelson; Nita Van Allen; Debi Newman. Missing: Jean Huba and Nancy White.

Hospice volunteers are ready to help those in need

Volunteers offer a wide range of services, in hospice or at home

By Joan Kealey

The Ashcroft and District Hospice—a non-profit society—is proud to introduce its volunteers old and new. All are ready to help, and looking forward to serving our communities.

Did you know that Hospice service is for in the home, as well as in a hospital setting? In many situations a person can choose to stay at home, while at other times they might not have a choice, and will need to be in a hospital setting.

To that end, we are working hard to provide a place for the convenience of the patient and their family. We do have one bed, which is used for respite as well as end of journey. Of course, that isn’t enough, but we do have hope that we can find a solution to the problem of patients and families needing to go to other areas when it would be so much easier and less expensive to stay in their home community.

Other services we offer include visiting with patients and families, providing resources, sitting with a patient, and other practical care as needed.

Hospice is part of a team: doctors, nurses, family members, home care, and spiritual leaders. We also have trained, professional, and caring volunteers who are there for those who might be in need of assistance in their journey.



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