(Submitted photo courtesy Heartland Hospice)
Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers with the compassion to offer a smile, an ear and a warm heart to patients and their families, says Patrick Fisher, volunteer coordinator in the Irwin office.
The service covers the Mon Valley, Westmoreland, Washington and Allegheny counties, as well as part of Armstrong County, he says.
Volunteers are needed to visit with patients who have serious and terminal illnesses, so that staff can help assist their families in need, Fisher says.
Volunteers do not do hands-on patient care, he says. Instead, they provide support and companionship, Fisher says.
People are needed to read and talk with patients, he says. In some cases, volunteers may bring along their pets or participate in sing-a-longs, making cards or memory bears for the bereaved, or participate in other activities, Fisher says.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the hospice is asked to call (412) 742-3384 or (724) 744-1408.
Originally published February 12, 2018.