H.O.W. To Help People In Hospice
Sometimes when people are diagnosed with an illness that can no longer be treated and they are nearing death, they are placed not in a Nursing Home, but in a place called Hospice. Hospice is a place where these people can stay because their families can no longer take care of them at home. Usually the Nurses and the Nursing Assistants are very busy, so it is easy for the men and women who are dying feel alone.
However, there are many ways of H.O.W you can help them. Since I am not working at this point in time, I have decided to volunteer at a Hospice Center that is near my home. This hub will explain the many the ways of H.O.W. a volunteer can help people who are nearing death.
There are many things a volunteer can do to help someone in a Hospice Care Center. Some of them seem very small to us, but they are not small at all to the men and women who are close to dying.
You can ask for pictures and create a frame and hang those pictures up on a persons wall. That way, they can look at those pictures, and remember things that have happened in their lives. Funny things, things they have loved, even dogs! This is simple, but it brings back memories, memories are very important.
Listen. Listening to a person who is dying is very important, even if they are telling you the same story over and over again. That story is important to them. Remember, they are not going to be on this earth for a long time.
Read the newspaper, or a magazine. A magazine has a lot of colorful pictures they can look at and for some reason most of them like the colorful magazines. Please remember to read the magazine a little bit loud, it is a bit hard for them to hear.
If a holiday is coming up, bring things related to that holiday. Then listen to what his or her memories about that holiday are, sometimes the stories are old ones. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but still listen anyway.
Brush, comb, or style a person's hair. Sometimes you can even put make-up on a lady. Let her look in a mirror and tell her she is beautiful. That has been found to be very good emotionally.
Some people want you to read the bible to them. Please do this, even if you do not believe in God. They do, and they want to listen to the bible. Remember, you are doing this for them.
If it is a warm day, you can take them outside and take them for a "wheelchair walk" You can sit on the patio together and look at the sky. Many of them love the sky, and it may be the last time they will see the sky
Make a list of his or her favorite movies, who starred in them, and ask what the movies were about. They can usually remember the movies they saw a long time ago. And you can learn about movies you have never seen.
Make a "Joy Box" Decorate a box, with pretty much anything you can find, and fill it with your friends favorite items.
Sing karaoke. Well at least try, the Hospice Center I am going to volunteer at has a karaoke night. The songs are not the modern ones, but the older ones that were popular a while ago. Sometimes when you sing the old songs people with dementia are able to sing with you, even if they cannot remember their own names.
Please try to make their time on earth, even if it is short, happy. The song below is one of the songs we are singing on Karaoke Night. It is named "Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces" Please enjoy!