715 6th Avenue
Decatur, AL 35601
My name is Nicole Frost and I am the Volunteer Coordinator at AseraCare Hospice of Decatur. I am writing to you today in effort to reach out to the homeschooling community regarding a volunteer opportunities in several counties in Alabama. Our office covers Morgan, Madison, Marshall, Blount, Cullman and Lawrence counties. As you may well know, hospice deals with those that are in the final stages of their lives. One thing that many overlook when it comes to hospice is the importance of the volunteer program.
Those who are familiar with the hospice concept know that we provide a very special kind of care for terminally ill patients who are not seeking active curative treatment. Our service allows patients to carry on a pain-free, dignified and comfortable life so that their final days may be spent as they choose. Hospice care is provided through a fully integrated team of physicians, nurses, home health aids, social workers, spiritual advisors and VOLUNTEERS. Hospice volunteers help to bring dignity and quality of life to our patients and their families. The volunteers provide crucial support, including: listening to and talking with the patient and their family, provide respite for care givers, reading, praying, and simply just being a presence in the room to hold a hand. In addition, our Volunteer Program also offers opportunities to be involved by providing indirect care which would include assisting with office responsibilities, various craft activities, assisting with the bereavement program, and baking (which can be done in the comfort of the volunteers own home). Undoubtedly, it takes a special person to be a volunteer, but it has been my experience that there are MANY giving and willing individuals out there who would like to become actively involved. I am now seeking those special people who would like to train as Hospice Volunteers for AseraCare.
People tend to neglect the older generation as it is, but even more so, those that are in the dying process. I want to give you and your homeschoolers the opportunity to change this, and to be a part of something truly beautiful and life changing. The love that is given to the families and patients means more to them than we can imagine. It lets them see that they are not alone or forgotten.
If you are interested in this opportunity for any student please contact me by calling the office or sending me an e-mail. I am available to talk with groups as well as individuals about our program. Again, please feel free to contact me with any additional interest, questions or concerns. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.
Nicole P. Frost
Social Worker & Volunteer Coordinator
AseraCare Hospice Decatur
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.