Volunteers through the 3HC Home Health and Hospice program can add a sense of peace and comfort during someone’s last days, and for that reason, the local company is actively seeking people to help.
“Volunteers in our 3HC program significantly improve the quality of life of patients needing end of life care,” Alicia Quint, volunteer coordinator, said.
Home Health and Hospice Care, 3HC, was founded in 1981. Over the years, the not-for-profit health care company has grown to one of the largest of its kind, serving not only Sampson County, but 15 other counties across North Carolina.
According to Quint, volunteers can provide personal care to patients who are terminally ill and needing end of life care.
“Volunteers add a needed dimension to the care of the terminally ill,” Quint explained. “Beyond the excellent care given by our medical professionals, volunteers are often a friend outside the family who can add perspective and non-judgmental listening at a time when it is greatly needed.”
Locally, 3HC is currently seeking volunteers to work with the in-home hospice team in Sampson, Cumberland, Wayne, Johnston and Wake counties.
Through the program, Quint said volunteers can help with office support tasks, provide support to veteran patients, provide respite care for the patient’s primary caretakers, read to patients, play or sing soothing music, keeping vigil with patients in their final hours and running errands for the patients and their families.
“We encourage volunteers wait a minimum of one year following the death of a loved one to volunteer,” Quint said. “This allows adequate time to make appropriate adjustments after a significant personal loss.”
Since the founding of the company more than 35 years ago, the staff has grown from three employees to over 400 professionals serving patients. There are seven clinical offices located in Clinton, Goldsboro, Greenville, Henderson, Kinston, Pollocksville, Smithfield and Wilson.
For those interested in becoming a 3HC volunteer, Quint said they will be provided with a comprehensive training program to ensure the patients and families are supported by dedicated, caring and knowledgeable volunteers.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer and sharing their time and compassion with the community through hospice services, contact Quint at 1-984-277-0348 or by email at [email protected] for a volunteer application.
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