2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Hospice Volunteer Training
Nancy K. Johnson*, Rebecca N. Verhaeghe, and Julie M. Hasken
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

Gammans were trained by Terrill Roberts of Northeast Missouri Hospice on the role of volunteer in the hospice care plan. The volunteer is one of nine positions of hospice that center on the patient and their family to provide palliative care during the last phases of life of a terminal ill patient. The objective of the training was to certify Gammans to be Hospice volunteers in Northeast Missouri in order for them to provide patients of incurable diseases comfort and companionship during a difficult time and to help the family with household tasks and errands. Gammans were certified and acquired the ability to interact positively with terminal ill clients. Regardless of age, Gammans have become advocates for end of life planning. Hospice training is beneficial to professionals since it provides a perspective of life which focuses on the individual dimensions of health.

Keywords: Hospice, volunteer, care plan, palliative care, terminal ill, Gammans, patient, comfort and companionship

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 5-3
Location: PML
Time: 4:15

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