Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) April 19, 2012
National Volunteer Week is April 15 through 21, 2012 and Mary Washington Hospice is honoring its core of dedicated volunteers who provide support, companionship, and dignity to those facing serious and life-limiting illness.
Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside, but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support. In addition, Mary Washington Hospice volunteers make weekly check-in calls to patients, provide comfort catering, pet therapy, and give musical visits.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 458,000 hospice volunteers providing more than 21 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. More than 1.58 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice programs every year.
It is federally mandated under Medicare that 5% of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers. Mary Washington Hospice Volunteers contribute 13% of patient care hours, almost three times the mandated requirement.
Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.
To learn more about Mary Washington Hospice’s volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.hospice.mwhc.com or call Raquel Woodard at 540.741.3580.