Family Hospice, Palliative Care recognizes volunteers

April is Volunteer Recognition Month, and Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Part of UPMC Home Nursing Agency, gratefully acknowledges the dedicated volunteers who walk alongside Family Hospice patients and family members.

Volunteers fill essential roles within Family Hospice, which cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers.

“Our Family Hospice volunteers are truly the heart of hospice — the ‘Silent Angels’,” said Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Zimmerman-Moyer.

“Our volunteers give generously of their time as they listen with open hearts, building lasting relationships with families they meet in hospice and bereavement services. They are the face of compassion and make a difference by choosing to live with purpose!”

In Blair County, the active Family Hospice volunteer team includes Barbara DeJesus of Tyrone, Paula Ellstrom of Altoona, Ann Foust of Altoona, Betty Friedenberger of Altoona, Phyllis Grannas of Williamsburg, Andrea Hildebrand of Hollidays-burg, Joe Hollen of Fallen-timber, Vicki Johns of Hol-lidaysburg, Michele Lloyd of Duncansville, Sharon Long of Martinsburg, Susan Magee of Altoona, Becky Mathers of Altoona, Sherry Merritts of Altoona, Faith Norris of Altoona, Sylvester Quinn of Altoona, Roger Replogle of New Enterprise, John Soldo of Flinton, Sharon Troy of Portage and Tom Woodrow of Martins-burg.

Family Hospice volunteers embrace the opportunity and privilege to support patients and their families through a significant and inevitable season of life.

Hospice volunteers make an impact in various ways, such as visiting with patients, providing relief for caregivers, assisting with clerical tasks as needed, making phone calls, supporting grieving family members and more.

Volunteer involvement is determined by the individual’s skills, desires and schedule. Volunteers are good listeners who display flexibility, understanding and empathy.

The time commitment for a volunteer can vary from several times per month to weekly. There are differing volunteer opportunities to match the strength and availability of volunteers. Specialized training is provided for new volunteers.

For more information or to apply for serving as Family Hospice volunteer, visit homenursingagency

.com or contact Zimmer-man-Moyer at 947-7111.

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