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What is the role of Volunteers in Hospice care

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Hospice care is set up to be a multi discipline approach in order to address the many challenges posed by an end of life situation. The nurses take care of the physical aspect of care, The chaplain deals with the spiritual aspect, the social worker works with grief management, the pharmacist reviews and medications and consult the team, the personal care aide bath and groom the patient, the volunteers can provide family with support by sitting with the patient while the family goes out shopping, they can spend time with patient reading them a book or playing music, or playing cards, knitting or taking the patients for a walk. Volunteers can visit once per week for up to 2 hours. A good volunteer is an integral part of the hospice team and can bring peace of mind to the patient and family