Volunteer Information & FAQs
We take a comprehensive approach to our services. We owe our success to the high-quality of care our staff and volunteers provide on a daily basis. We all work together to help our patients and their families understand the full scope of our care by providing educational resources and supportive counsel. It is our mission to enrich the lives of those we serve by supporting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Give Your Time & Enrich Lives in Your Community
What Do Volunteers Do?
- Providing comfort and support to patients and families
- Understanding the emotional and spiritual needs of patients at the end of life
- Concepts of death and dying
- Emergency procedures
In addition to providing comfort and company to patients and families, our volunteers can help behind the scenes by assisting in clerical tasks, organizing and working special events, and working with other community organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions & Resources
What areas does Alinea Family Hospice Care serve?
When is it time to consider hospice? Who should make this decision?
Times to Consider Hospice
- When an individual is experiencing a life-limiting illness and has chosen to no longer seek aggressive treatment for the illness.
- When an individual displays a rapid decline or excessive and/or consistent weight loss compounded by a comorbidities and is not responding successfully to treatment.
- When an individual is experiencing excessive physician visits and hospitalization secondary to a late-stage disease.
- When an individual is incapable of appropriately communicating any potential discomfort/pain secondary to their physical or mental condition, hospice care is an option to consider.
- When an individual is no longer capable of safely consuming any nutrition by mouth, and other alternatives of feeding have been declined.
Should we wait for our doctor to raise the topic of hospice or should we raise it first?
What is the referral process?
- Express concern of clinical issues with patient and/or family and explain the desire to refer the patient to hospice service.
- Call Alinea Family Hospice Care. Our team will provide you with appropriate education throughout the entire referral process.
- Alinea Family Hospice Care admission coordinator will contact family and set up an appointment.
- A qualified registered nurse will assess the patient for clinical need for hospice care. On the decision to being hospice services, the order will be obtained from the physician of patient’s or family’s choice.
- One simple phone call from your and Alinea Family Hospice Care will do the rest. AFHC believes in a team approach and will communicate the interdisciplinary plan of care with all appropriate care professionals, caregivers, and the patient.
Is all hospice care the same?
What if a patient shows sign of recovery while they are in hospice care?
What is the hospice admission process?
What changes or equipment do I need to bring into my home before hospice begins?
Common Myths About Hospice
Hospice is a place
Cancer patients are the only ones to receive hospice care.
Only old people receive hospice services.
Hospice is only for dying people.
Hospice can only help when family members are available to provide care.
Hospice is only an option for people who don’t need a high level of care.
You must accept death if you are to receive hospice care.
Hospice care is costly.
You cannot use hospice with managed care.
Hospice means there is no hope.
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