Make a Difference in Someone’s Life...
At Homestead Hospice, we need people like you to donate time, energy and experience in a variety of areas, including community outreach, social events within the community and direct patient contact. Together, we will be able to assist patients and families living with terminal illness. Homestead volunteers often express their feelings of joy and inspiration as they make a difference in the lives of the patients and families they help.
Homestead believes that no one should die alone and through this belief and philosophy the Midnight Angels volunteer program was established. Midnight Angels provide a supportive, peaceful presence in the patients home or facility during the final hours of life. While sadness is usually a part of someone’s passing, a Midnight Angels presence can provide the heartwarming gesture of holding a hand or quietly listening to past memories to validate the whole life of a person. When there is no need for critical care measures and death is near, a Midnight Angel will be there with you and your loved one through the end of life's journey.
Homestead Midnight Angels:
A – Association of
N – Nice People
G – Giving
E –End of
L – Life
S – Support
Midnight Angels Volunteer Education
Midnight Angels volunteers are taught to develop relationships with the patient and their family and to understand and know when to be present and when to step out of the room. Although Midnight Angels do not provide medical support, they provide comfort care like placing a soothing hand on the brow of a loved one or gently swabbing their lips with a moist cloth.
Connecting the Mind, Body & Spirit…
Through a specialized nurturing arts program, the hospice or Palliative Care patient is offered alternative therapies of a holistic nature that can engage and improve their quality of life. By addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of the patient, it adds an extra dimension of care to Homestead’s commitment to providing best practices in hospice services. Various therapeutic interventions such as music, art, exercise and theater will assist the patient with self-expression.
The power of creativity is monumental, and it can help deal with life’s issues. It helps to build a renewed sense of life satisfaction while also providing a safe way to explore:
- Changes in health
For older adults dancing can be very therapeutic. Dance therapy provides a supportive environment for the patient to express their feelings and share life experiences through movement.
As a person ages, they may become restricted in their movement due to an illness or symptoms of their disease. To help the patient stay limber and to alleviate pain, Homestead offers several forms of exercise that can be managed with limited mobility.
- Tai vhi
- Chair aerobics
Music therapy can have many positive results especially for those patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. In numerous clinical studies of older adults with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, familiar music, has reduced depression; lessened agitation and increased sociability, movement, and cognitive ability.
Watching a performance as simple as a puppet show can awaken the mind and bring a healing laughter.
For more information on any the Homestead volunteer or Nurturing Arts programs, or if you are interested in becoming a Homestead volunteer, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Volunteer Services
Homestead Hospice needs people like you to donate time, energy and experience in a variety of areas, including community outreach, social events within the community and direct patient contact. Together, we will be able to assist patients and families living with terminal illness. Homestead volunteers often express their feelings of joy and inspiration as they make a differe... Read More