ORLEANS COUNTY – Between April 18 – 24, National Volunteer Week provides the opportunity to recognize the millions of Americans who provide volunteer service in communities across the country. At Supportive Care of Orleans, approximately 160 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 cannot visit patients and their families in the home as they used to before the pandemic, they are making a difference by collecting personal protective equipment, making phone calls, sending thoughtful cards and messages to patients, helping with hospice fundraising events and so many other kind things.
“Given that hospice volunteers accompany people along the journey of a serious or life-threatening illness, they serve an essential part in enabling Supportive Care of Orleans to offer the best care possible,” said Derek Reiner, Development & Public Relations Manager. “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 five percent 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, they would still be considered critical members of the team. The community is a better, more compassionate place because of their service. For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.SupportiveCareOrleans.org or call them at (585) 589-0809.