More hospice volunteers needed across Iowa

At 98-years-old, Mable Posz has been giving back to her community as a hospice volunteer for almost seven years.

?I feel like volunteering is my way of helping others out,? Posz said. ?Helping others could be sitting with a patient or working on an office project. No matter what it is, I feel like I?m giving back.?

Hospice volunteers are an essential piece of any hospice program. They care for patients and their families during the last stages of life?s journey.

Volunteers are needed in Henry, Lee, Van Buren and Des Moines counties to comfort not only people in their last moments, but family members as well.

?Families are dealing with so many emotions and making difficult decisions that they just need to take a moment for themselves, and that is where our volunteers make a difference,? said Jeri Geibelhausen, LCHD-Hospice Support Services Coordinator.

Specifically, LCHD-Hospice is preparing for their 2018 Volunteer Training, and is looking for new trainees.

There are plenty of opportunities where a volunteer is needed such as office work, imaging charts, bereavement newsletter mailings, putting admissions packets together, helping with health fairs, the Tree of Love events, Mystery Ride event, trainings, community education to name a few. All of these tasks are vital to LCHD-Hospice to provide quality services to the community.

?To be honest there is not a way that we could do Hospice services without our volunteers,? Geibelhausen said.

?If you want to find something to do during the retirement years, hospice care is a great place to volunteer,? said Pat Stinson, 2017 LCHD-Hospice Volunteer of the Year. ?They make you feel very appreciated. I know I look forward to coming in and working. The staff also lifted some of the worry and frustration while my mom was in hospice, which was so helpful.?

Like Stinson, some volunteers have had relatives in hospice and decided to give back to the program. That is the case with Anita Hunold. ?After all the love and support my family and I received, I just wanted to return the favor,? Hunold said.

For those interested in learning more about hospice and volunteering, LCHD-Hospice will hold their Hospice Volunteer Training from March 6 to March 27, on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the LCHD office in Fort Madison.

For questions or to register call 319-372-5225 or 800-458-6672 by March 2.