Saturday, November 7, 2015

Eight Tips for Healthcare Volunteer Success (Veterans Video 1:27)


Eight Tips for Healthcare Volunteer Success 

1)     Honor your win-win journey. You and your patients come together in relationships of mutual healing and growth.

2)     Be present with patients. Listen with your heart, and focus on improving their quality of life.

3)     Try different doors to reach them, especially those who have dementia. Let them help you navigate your way into their world.

4)     Know your piece in the puzzle. Make rules of etiquette and professional ethics routine.

5)     Untie your knots. Doubt, confusion, sadness, and guilt are part of caregiving. Seek support, and maintain balance in your own life.

6)     Pick up a turtle. If you see a turtle on a fence post, somebody helped to put it there. Be a positive role model for others.

7)     Write death sentences. Have your own end-of-life advance directives, finances, and property wishes recorded and available. 

8)     Expect rainbow smiles that hug you so tightly you feel ribs of joy press against your essence. That’s the greatness of volunteering! 
This video features healthcare volunteers sharing their stories of caregiving America’s veterans. Providing greatly needed and appreciated assistance, volunteers serve in places such as hospital wards, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life programs, and respite care programs.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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