My wife and I utilized Hospice Northwest services for eleven months when she was suffering with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) at home. We were supported by two volunteers, each of whom came in to our home for a few hours a week to spend time with Carol while family members took a break.
Later, when one of the volunteers was unable to continue for personal reasons, a third volunteer was introduced. The selection and the matching of the volunteers to our needs was really excellent. All three women were retired nurses, very well attuned to Carol’s needs and were empathetic, sensitive and responsive.
We looked forward to their visits and I felt really comfortable leaving Carol in their capable hands. The volunteers were with us until she was completely immobilized and unable to speak at all. When we made the transfer to the hospital in Carol’s final weeks of life, they continued to visit and support us.