What is your name and where do you live?
Natalie Bliss, Philadelphia.
How long have you been volunteering for Ascend Hospice?
How often do you volunteer?
As often as once a week, depending on the needs and location of the client.
Why did you decide to enroll in this program?
As a Reiki Master Teacher, I feel it is important to respond to people’s need for healing. Since the concept of “hospice” in general carries a stigma in society, I felt that the need was probably greater among the hospice population than anywhere else I could volunteer.
by Gisele R. Siebold
Ascend Hospice, serving eight counties throughout Pennsylvania, believes in using a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care in their work with patients and their families at home, in skilled care facilities and in nursing home facilities.
As part of their focus on caring, Ascend relies upon volunteers to offer specialized services, including aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy, to enhance the hospice experience and offer a loving touch to those nearing end of life.
According to Volunteer Coordinator Marina McGough, Ascend is always open to welcoming new volunteers. “We provide a comprehensive training program, and volunteers then utilize their specialized skills with each patient and their families, as well as with facility staff, for comfort, relaxation and personal growth.”