Around-the-clock, hands-on care can be overwhelming for our patient’s families and caregivers. That’s where our volunteers make a great impact.
Our highly skilled volunteers are trained to relieve primary caregivers by helping them with household chores, sitting with patients, or running errands for them. Perhaps the most important task, however, is their ability to be “good listeners.” Hospice volunteers also provide administrative assistance to the hospice care team by working in the office.
We greatly value our caring volunteers, and so do our patients and their families. You can read what our patients and their families have written about our volunteers on our testimonials page.
Caregiver Stress Checklist
When caring for someone with a life limiting illness you may be putting your own health at risk. Your journey as a caregiver will include many twists and turns, and at times can be stressful. Because your loved one depends on you, your health and well-being are important.
Feelings to consider on your journey:
- Feel like you have to do it all yourself and/or that you should be doing more?
- Withdraw from family, friends and activities that you previously enjoyed?
- Worry that the person you care for is safe?
- Feel anxious about money?
- Feel anxious about healthcare decisions you are being faced with?
- Having difficulty accepting the impact of the disease and its effects on your family?
- Feel grief or sadness that your relationship with the person is not what it was in the past?
- Get frustrated and angry when the person with dementia continually repeats things or stories?
- Having you developed your own health problems that are taking a toll on you mentally and physically?
If you are experiencing a few, or many of the above feelings, please feel free to contact your local Grace Hospice for ideas on how to gain support.