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Hospice Advantage of Fond du Lac seeks volunteers

3:32 PM, Apr. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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Hospice Advantage is in need of volunteers who are friendly, compassionate and empathetic. Located at 79 N. Pioneer Road, Hospice Advantage is a Medicare and Medicaid certified hospice program providing superior end-of-life care services. Lynn Pakalske, volunteer coordinator for the organization says "Volunteers are an important part of the Hospice Advantage team, providing the simple support of knowing that there will be a friendly visit from someone who will chat, read a book, or bring flowers. Our volunteers help those who are ill know that someone cares."

Pakalske went on to say, "At Hospice Advantage, we also help families deal with this difficult time of transition. We understand that grief starts before the loss of a loved one and we will be there to help families by providing support and counseling services for a minimum of a year after the loss of a loved one."

Working as part of an interdisciplinary care team including nurses, aides, social workers, and chaplains - hospice volunteers make home visits to patients or perform administrative tasks in the office. Volunteers bring a "ray of sunshine" into the lives of those who are ill."

Hospice Advantage volunteers perform a variety of tasks but the goal is always to link a volunteer's skills and interests to the needs of patients and families. Volunteers write letters, read stories or scripture, help with home repairs, or perform office related tasks.

Today, there are many hospice patients and families throughout Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities who are in need of the special companionship of a hospice volunteer. Patients live in a variety of settings including nursing homes, assisted living, senior living apartments, or in their own homes. Typically, volunteers spend two to four hours a month as a companion or in the office.

Those interested in volunteering, may contact Lynn Pakalske, volunteer coordinator at 922-1560. Training is provided.

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