April 27, 2016

National Volunteer Month 2016

National Volunteer Month is celebrated annually in the United States during the month of April, and is acknowledged as a time to honor the many gifts our nation’s volunteers bring to the world through the selfless act of volunteerism. Unity Hospice dedicated this time to thank their committed hospice volunteers for providing support, companionship and hope to patients facing a terminal illness.

Volunteers play a vital role in enabling Unity Hospice to offer the best care for patients, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy and expertise, volunteers, much like our employees, bring compassion and caring to the lives of patients in need, encouraging them to live every moment of life to the fullest.

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Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis volunteers at the Greater St. Louis Volunteer Symposium on April 22.

Hospice volunteers often serve patients at the bedside but they also have the opportunity to assist in the office, help raise awareness of hospice volunteerism and contribute to patient-centered programs. Most volunteers choose to give their time to helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.

Nearly four decades ago, the hospice movement began as a grassroots volunteer-based service. Today, the volunteer aspect of hospice still exists. It is federally mandated under Medicare that 5% of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers. While many hospices struggle to meet that 5% requirement, Unity Hospice averaged 27% volunteer hours throughout the entire company in 2015.

If you are interested in learning more about hospice and volunteer opportunities available in the areas we serve, please visit our Volunteers page.

About Unity Hospice Volunteer Program
At Unity Hospice, we treat the whole self; body, soul and spirit. Our clinical staff is professionally trained to provide physical healing through medicine, but we are also equipped to tend to the patient’s emotional and spiritual self through our support services team and volunteers.

Hospice volunteers are part of a highly coordinated care team that is designed to provide patients and their families with the very best care. Unity Hospice provides volunteers with special training so they can provide socialization and support with individualized programs including music therapy, pet support and veteran honoring ceremonies. Volunteers are offered in a care plan to help patients with “the little things in life” that mean the most.

About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, their families and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.