White Plains, NY (PRWEB) May 6, 2010
Hilary Ward, a volunteer for Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (HPCW), received the Quality of Life Award from The Volunteer Center of United Way at its Volunteer Spirit Awards Celebration.
The Volunteer Center recognizes distinguished volunteers whose extraordinary work has made an impact within the communities it serves.
Ward was honored for developing “communication boards,” booklets that patients, families and HPCW staff use to address feelings, food requests, comfort and pain levels, who the patient wishes to see and other aspects of their care.
“It is so important for people who are at the end of their lives to be able to vent these very natural and appropriate feelings with us. We can explore them together and comfort and reassure them to the very best of our ability,” Ward said.
Hospice staff uses the boards as an assessment tool to evaluate and validate pain issues, a cornerstone of hospice care. The boards also enable patients to request more information about their disease and daily care.
“We are so proud of Hilary for the contribution she has made to the welfare of our patients and their families. This is an incredibly well-deserved recognition,” said Mary Jane Schaumann, Director of Volunteer Services for HPCW.
For more information on volunteering for Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, call Mary Jane Schaumann at 914.682.1484 x116 or email her at MJSchaumann(at)hospiceofwestchester(dot)com.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is located at 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call 914.682.1484.
About Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester: Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides comprehensive end-of-life health care services to people with advanced illnesses who live in Westchester County. Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester offers programs and care that are intended to promote patient quality of life by addressing the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.