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How Hospice Can Change a Volunteer's View on Life

While you're still young and healthy and in the midst of your careers, the idea of what happens when you're nearing the end is not something that's often thought of. Sure, you may have begun planning for retirement and that's good! But how often do you think of those in hospice care?

There are misconceptions about hospice care services such as it speeding up the end of life process. However, that is incorrect. Holistic hospice care is meant to provide the most comfort and peace possible to a patient. Hospice care is there to offer support -- physically, emotionally, and mentally -- to families and individuals who need another shoulder to lean on or are unable to provide it themselves. And in the process, this type of hospice care offers a holistic approach that will lift the spirits and offer a sense of peace to the hospice care worker as well.

The truth of the matter is that hospice services are just as important to those who provide it as those going through it.

Volunteering for hospice can have a beneficial impact on not only yourself but also those in your care and their families. Living through compassion can change your entire outlook on life and what is important. Living through compassion, as one must do in hospice, strengthens our ability to care for others. It also strengthens your ability to form relationships. Forming relationships and caring for one another often go hand in hand. While providing comfort for someone else, you learn how to provide that for yourself and those closest to you. You learn how to prioritize other's needs over your own. All of these things will be valuable assets to have as you go through life.

As an estimated 20% of the U.S. population will be over 65 by 2030, it's important to realize that more and more people will require these services. Not only that, but it's important to be aware of the type of care that will be available for them. At some point, it's likely that someone you know will need hospice care. Volunteering can help ensure that the care they receive is the best it can be.

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