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Hospice Care in the Hill Country
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • Posted July 11, 2013

Hospice volunteers are needed in our area from those who have a compassionate and loving heart. Someone who wants to give more than receive, and doesn’t mind shedding a tear now and then.

The word ‘hospice’ comes from the Latin word hospitium which means guest house. During the 1600’s it was used to describe a place of shelter for sick and weary travelers that were coming home from religious pilgrimages. The word hospice as we use it today stems from the efforts of Cicely Saunders, who began St. Christopher’s Hospice in London during the 1960’s and organized the first team approach of compassionate, professional care giving to the dying. Hospice first started in the United States in New Haven Connecticut in 1974. Scott and White Llano Hospice is a non-profit health care organization that covers Burnet, Llano, Mason, and San Saba Counties.

Hospice care is specially designed for anyone whose illness is terminal. Hospice care is focused on controlling the pain as well as treating the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family members as well. It is not to lengthen or shorten the natural course of life but to make the most of the life that is left. This service is provided in a patients home, nursing home or assisted living facility by a team of professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and volunteers.

Scott and White Hospice volunteers provide an invaluable gift of service that can be filled in a variety of ways fitting to the ability and schedule of the volunteer. This includes one on one visits with a patient, support for the family or care giver, help with clerical needs at the Scott and White Hospice office and a variety of other needs. Any and everything a volunteer contributes is important and appreciated. Volunteers can be anyone with a big heart and a desire to love those in the last stages of life. They come from all walks of life with all kinds of backgrounds. There is no set criteria to being a volunteer other than the call to give of ones time and talents.

Scott and White volunteers are oriented, background checked and provided with plenty of support. If you are interested in becoming a Scott and White Hospice Volunteer please call our office at 325-247-3715 and ask for Paige Walker, Volunteer Coordinator. This could be the most rewarding experience you have ever had.

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