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    Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    Since 1980, Sutter Hospice has been caring for the terminally ill and their caregivers in our community. Volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice Team which includes nurses, social workers, home health aides and consulting physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists and art therapists. Hospice seeks to support the terminally ill and their families either in their homes or in facilities, offering care, guidance and support as they approach death as a process rather than an event.

    Volunteers receive an initial 24 hours of training and offer an average of four hours a week to their hospice families providing respite, companionship and help with errands or supportive tasks. Volunteers are trained and supported in order to enhance the overall goal of meeting the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs of patients and their families. In addition, some volunteers work in the office offering practical assistance, and some volunteers provide bereavement follow-up to the families of hospice patients. Volunteers also attend monthly in-service meetings for continuing education and support.

    Volunteers inevitably feel they receive more than they can give in this rewarding work, and they are continually enriched by being introduced to different traditions, faiths and experiences. It is widely considered a remarkable privilege to be invited in to people’s homes at such a profound and personal time of life.

    For more information on Sutter Hospice volunteer opportunities, call the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 388-6255.