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Local hospice program honors its volunteers

As part of National Volunteer Week (April 18-24), Hospice of Douglas County is honoring its volunteers who bring hope, dignity and love to those facing a life-limiting illness.

Hospice volunteers make sure that the people they care for and their families find hope within each day, have their dignity preserved, and are surrounded by love even at the final moments of life.

Hospice of Douglas County has more than 25 volunteers who help care for patients and families in the community. With their help, the local hospice program has provided the kind of high-quality care that patients and families want, according to hospice leaders.

Last year, more than 180 patients and their family caregivers chose the compassionate end-of-life care found through Hospice of Douglas County.

"Hospice volunteers play an indispensable role in enabling Hospice of Douglas County to offer the best care possible for patients living with life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy, and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and caring to the lives of those in need," said Sue Quist, RN hospice coordinator.

Awareness of the hospice program among the community and medical professionals is important to help ensure that patients and their families have the end-of-life care options that will bring them comfort, Quist said.

About Hospice of Douglas County

Hospice of Douglas County is a non-profit organization located in Alexandria. It has provided compassionate care for terminally ill patients and support for their family members since 1983. The goal is to improve the quality of the patient's end of life by offering comfort and dignity.

Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the person's needs and wishes.

For more information, visit the website or call (320) 763-6018.