Hospice marks National Volunteer Week

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NEW HARTFORD — National Volunteer Week provides the opportunity to recognize the millions of Americans who provide volunteer service in communities across the country.

At Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, trained volunteers give selflessly to help people live as fully as possible, even when facing a serious or life-limiting illness.

Even now, when volunteers can’t visit patients and their families in the home as they used to before the pandemic, they are making a difference by making supportive calls to patients and caregivers, running errands, making meals, baking, and assisting with  administrative or reception tasks.  

“Given that hospice volunteers accompany people along the journey of a serious or life-threatening illness, they serve an essential part in enabling Hospice & Palliative Care to offer the best care possible,” said Amanda Luley, volunteer coordinator.

“By sharing their time, energy, and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and caring to the lives of those in need and we celebrate them not only during National Volunteer Week but every day.”

It is federally mandated under Medicare that 5% of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers, reflecting the vital role that volunteers play in the provision of care.

“But even if the integration of volunteers was not required, we would still consider them critical members of our team,” Luley said. “Our community is a better, more compassionate place because of their service.”

For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, go online to www.hospicecareinc.org or call 315-735-6484. 

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