No One Dies Alone
No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence
of a volunteer companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone.
Facilitated by Hoag’s Palliative Care Team, the program utilizes
Hoag employees to fulfill these compassionate companion volunteer positions.
Training is provided, and volunteers then respond to requests to sit with
patients on an as needed basis. Volunteers can also provide brief periods
of respite for family members who need to have a break to go home to rest,
shower, or take care of themselves.
The expectation of the volunteer is simple: quiet reading, or perhaps
holding a hand. Being present is the most important thing.
While the Palliative Care team cannot guarantee that a volunteer will be
available around the clock, every effort will be made to do so.
At Hoag, our goal is that No One Die Alone.