Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Show that you care!

Visit and sit.

That is not difficult, except that we need a person who would be willing to come to Champaign County Nursing Home to sit with a family as their loved one comes to the end of life.

There is no training for being a caring person like this. We won't ask that you sit there through the night, or for more than a few minutes. But having a caring person be there can be a comfort to the family. You can talk or not, whatever happens is OK with us. You don't have to be a religous person and we don't want you to preach. But we do want you to be able to adapt to whatever the situation requires.

Often, a hospice program will do this. But, there are some residents and their families who decide that they don't want hospice, which is their free choice. This situation might arise once or twice a year or it might occur more often. We never can predict how this might play out.

This does not have to be a long-term commitment. You can come once, decide that you don't feel comfortable doing it and then be done. However, if you would be willing to come in with a day's notice, that will help us.

Think about it. If believe that you have the right qualities, then let me know.


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