DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

Health

August 22, 2013

Women will serve as hospice spiritual advisors

LONDONDERRY — Virginia Wentworth, Jane Seifken and Ruth Provencal have completed additional, specialized training provided by Hospice Chaplain Arthur Reublinger to prepare them for their new role as Spiritual Volunteers for Compassionate Care Hospice of Londonderry.

The positive energy and kindness of volunteers is of great comfort to hospice patients and their families; hospice volunteers routinely report that they find their work deeply fulfilling and inspirational.

Molly Brewer, volunteer coordinator for Compassionate Care Hospice, said she is delighted to now have a new specialty to offer patients and families.

“We have a very active volunteer group with volunteers who offer companionship, as well as the specialties of bereavement and vigil support, and several therapies (Reiki, massage and pet),” she said, “And now we can offer spiritual comfort as well. What is extraordinary about our volunteers is their rare combination of being nonjudgmental, flexible, and giving of themselves without expectation of gratitude — they put their ego aside. Hospice volunteers ‘pay it forward’ on a regular basis.”

Compassionate Care Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients and families who are coping with terminal illness. The team cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

The Hospice Team, which includes a physician, nurse, nursing assistant, social worker, spiritual coordinator, bereavement coordinator and volunteer coordinator, helps patients and their families develop their own goals for a treatment plan.

The team helps patients whose treatments are no longer curative and the focus of care turns to comfort, peace of mind, and enjoyment of their remaining days.

“Research proves that people live an average of 29 days longer under hospice care than those who do not receive hospice care,” Brewer said.

Compassionate Care Hospice currently serves patients from Salem to Nashua to Hooksett to Fremont. The patient population includes those in single family residences, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. The office is located at 25 Nashua Road in Londonderry, in the Landmark Crossing office complex.

Volunteer trainings are typically held monthly in the spring and fall. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Brewer at 421-9887.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Health

Latest News
Stocks