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Crossroads Hospice Introduces New Volunteer Opportunities

UPublish story by Elaine Hughes

The Medicare Hospice Benefit requires that hospice providers deliver at least five percent of direct patient care hours through volunteers. That’s why, in honor of National Volunteer Month, Crossroads Hospice is energizing its volunteer program with new initiatives and inviting community members to learn about getting involved at a “V-Day” celebration on Thursday, April 25th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, in Green, OH 44685.

“Crossroads Hospice, like all other hospice providers in America, is pressured to recruit and retain volunteers to meet the federal requirements to retain Medicare certification,” said Perry Farmer, President of Crossroads Hospice. “We want to inspire community members to donate their time and recognize the world of difference our volunteers make in the lives of our patients and families. We’re launching some creative new options, and we can’t wait to introduce them in the Akron and Canton areas.”

With the launch of the “Got 45” campaign, in as little as 45 minutes a week volunteers can transform their hobbies such as playing cards, reading, or arts and crafts into meaningful experiences with patients.

A new minimum volunteer age requirement of sixteen-years-old will provide more opportunities for students to fulfill school requirements while gaining insight from older generations. Students can collect patients’ personal histories for commemorative Life Journals, set up Facebook pages for patients to connect with loved ones, or lend a hand at the Crossroads Hospice office.

“Celebrating V-Day during National Volunteer Month is a great time to show our gratitude for the dedicated time and support our volunteers provide during a difficult time,” said Christine Evans, Executive Director of Crossroads Hospice in Akron. “We invite our community members to join us to discover the rewards of sharing their interests as a hospice volunteer.”

Crossroads Hospice is also seeking volunteers to support its many signature programs. Inspired by Jim Stovall’s novel, The Ultimate Gift, the “Gift of a Day” program asks patients their idea of the perfect day and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. For volunteers with artistic abilities, there are ways to share these talents through creative projects such as helping patients create keepsake Life Journals filled with special photos and memories. A specialized program called “Vet to Vet” connects veterans in the community with Crossroads’ veteran patients.

Volunteers provide companionship to patients in their homes and facilities, lend a hand at the Crossroads office, and provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice volunteer, participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying.

Crossroads Hospice is committed to being at the forefront of the hospice care industry, to continually shape the way end-of-life care is viewed and administered. The mission of Crossroads Hospice is to provide highly unique, comprehensive, and compassionate hospice services to persons experiencing a life-limiting illness and to their caregivers. For more information call (330) 899 –9100 or visit www.crossroadshospice.com.

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