Marie knew that there were no medical treatments that would cure her mother.
She says,“It was only a few weeks after mom came to Paul’s Run that the hospice team was called. She was 89 and had several serious health conditions. It was the best thing for her – and they treated her very well.”
Volunteers may offer companionship to the patient or relieve family caregivers for several hours. Karen visited Marie’s mother almost every day for two months.
Karen recalls, “Sometimes our visits were brief, other times we would talk about the family photos that Marie had hung in her room. Marie made the room so cozy – she wanted her mom to feel like she was in her old room at home.”
“I knew the hospice team would be there for my mom when I was working – and that Karen would stop by every day.” Marie Staffieri, daughter.
“It was wonderful to see our Paul’s Run family surround Marie with love and support after her mother died,” says Karen.
Karen goes on to describe the setting.
“It was the day of the Paul’s Run staff holiday party. When Marie walked into the dining room people from all different departments went up to her and gave her a hug. The Paul’s Run family offered her support and love – from maintenance, nursing and housekeeping.”
And so, the healing for Marie began.
“Even though we both work at Paul’s Run, our schedules are different. We didn’t really know each other before I volunteered for her mom,” Karen says. “By being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made an impact in another person’s life. It’s been a real honor for me to be a part of Liberty Hospice,” she adds.
Hospice deepens the relationships for many at Paul’s Run and began the healing process for one of their own.
For more information about becoming a Hospice Volunteer call 844-651-5111
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