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HOSPICE OF THE CHESAPEAKE -- COMFORT TOUCH


Hospice of the Chesapeake is seeking dedicated and compassionate volunteers to join our Healing Arts Patient Care Team as Comfort Touch Volunteers. 

Comfort Touch is a simple, hands-on technique using a combination of gentle strokes, light pressure and tender holds. It has been designed especially for hospice patients, elders and others who would benefit from gentle and compassionate touch.  The wonderful, trained volunteers of Hospice of the Chesapeake are honored to provide this wonderful service to our patients and their families during this extremely difficult time.

Many patients and elders are touch deprived; they are sometimes scared, uncomfortable and often lonely. This technique is designed to offer comfort, promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and lessen the receiver’s sense isolation and loneliness. Through attentive touch, we can communicate connection, warmth, trust and kindness. A typical Comfort Touch session lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on the patient’s wishes.

A mandatory patient care training and two-day Comfort Touch Training must be completed before volunteers provide this service to our patients. Dates for this training in 2015 are TBD. Many volunteers choose to begin volunteering as a patient care volunteer first, and to add this specialty service into their repertoire when the trainings come along.  

If you are interested, please click here to provide a brief statement of your qualifications and relevant background for this volunteer opportunity.

Choose to make a difference just by being you.

 

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