Growing demand for hospice volunteers

Amarillo, TX - Hundreds of people across the panhandle are in hospice care and many of them in our area need your help.

Patients who are placed in hospice are in a time of transition and need support in making the journey toward end of life.

Integracare Hospice in Amarillo says they have recently seen a decline in volunteers and are hoping to get more.

Volunteers can help maximize quality of life for patients or even possibly extend life.

It's not only the elderly that are in hospice; there are people of all ages, even children.

They are all looking for one thing, companionship.

"Maybe their family is working or they live out of town and they don't have anyone that visits them on a regular basis and so those volunteers pick up that need. They come in and read to them or visit with them and talk to them, which is also very important because companionship is crucial to people," says Lee Ann Shaw, social worker at IntegraCare Hospice.

A volunteer needs to be at least eighteen years old, go through an application process and undergo a background check.

If approved, they will then be given training on how to deal with patients going through the dieing process.

To pick up an application stop by 2005 S. Coulter St. Amarillo, TX 79106 or call 806-353-3449.