Archive for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Crossroads Hospice encourages people to become volunteers

January 30, 2018

In the spirit of Groundhog Day, Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, 11150 Thompson Ave. in Lenexa, is calling on interested individuals to “Change Your Future” by becoming a compassionate volunteer for patients.

It was 25 years ago that the movie “Groundhog Day” first opened, featuring Bill Murray as a smug TV reporter who gets trapped in a time loop, doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

So with Groundhog Day this Friday, Crossroads’ “Change Your Future” outreach campaign encourages would-be volunteers to try something new and different, something life-fulfilling that will create positive energy for people who need help.

“Our volunteers provide extra love and comfort to terminally-ill patients and their families at a time when they need it most,” said volunteer coordinator Barbara Poe. “Just being a friendly voice or giving caregivers a much-needed break makes a world of difference.”

Volunteers can play a vital role by learning to provide direct comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally ill patients and their families in their homes, in assisted living facilities and nursing facilities.

Volunteers are also welcome to help Crossroads staff in the office, including planning a “Gift of a Day,” which asks a patient to describe a perfect day and then makes it a reality.

Volunteers can share their favorite activities like reading, card games, playing music, or arts and crafts. They can bring their pets to visit patients or run errands and provide respite for family members.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Barbara Poe at 913-850-7500 or Barbara.Poe@crossroadshospice.com.

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