• Compassionate Companions

  • No One Dies Alone is a program that trains hospital associates and volunteers to become "compassionate companions" who offer end of life presence and support to patients who are near the end of life and who have no family or friends at their bedside. The program, first implemented at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon is now a model for compassionate end of life programs in hospitals across the country.

    The heart of this work is about being rather than doing ... about compassionate presence and heartfelt intention rather than fixing, solving, or answering or resolving issues for others. To be a non-anxious presence and truly compassionate with another requires no small amount of personal and spiritual maturity, as well as a capacity for reflection on ones lived experience. St. Anthony Hospital's No One Dies Alone program consists of a corps of trained volunteers who provide 24-hour availability to dying patients who do not wish to be alone. During the vigil, companions may hold the hand of the patient, play soothing music, read to the patient and assist in other comfort care measures as requested by the patient or directed by the nurse. They serve patients in shifts, sitting at the bedside until the patient's death or a family member arrives.

    Compassionate Companion volunteers receive orientation and training, that is more process oriented with an appropriate amount of content and protocol to provide a framework for the volunteer to be successful. All Compassionate Companions must be either a St. Anthony Hospital Associate or a volunteer through St. Anthony Volunteer Services, and have been volunteering for at least 100 hours. No One Dies Alone gives St. Anthony Hospital Associates the opportunity to provide comfort care to patients outside of their regular work day. SAH Associates must join Volunteer Services, complete a No One Dies Alone application, be interviewed and be accepted as a Compassionate Companion and complete the NODA training prior to beginning to take shifts.

    No One Dies Alone companionship is currently available at St. Anthony Hospital and at Penrose St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs..

    Please read the following job description prior to downloading and completing the NODA Application. Applications can be submitted to Rev. Jenny Lannom via email or handed in to the Department of Spiritual Care

    Job Description for Volunteer Compassionate Companions - Qualifications:

    • St. Anthony Hospital Employee and/or
    • St. Anthony Hospital Volunteer with a minimum of 100 volunteer hours of service within the organization
    • An on sight interview with the recruitment Committee for NODA
    • Attendance and completion of a St. Anthony Hospital NODA training and orientation.

    Competencies:

    • Work cooperatively with others as well as independently
    • Follow organization's confidentiality and infection control guidelines
    • Interact in a non-judgmental manner with persons of all faiths
    • Understands and follows directionDemonstrates compassion
    • Demonstrates an ability to be a non-anxious, calming presence, and use silence well.
    • Demonstrate emotional availability
    • Demonstrate appropriate personal and professional boundaries
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to end of life issues

    Hours:
    Volunteers sign up for days and times they will be available to be contacted for service.

    Position Scope and Procedures:

    1. The role of NODA volunteer Compassionate Companion will be provided with a list of pertinent telephone numbers for key hospital offices/personnel you may need in addressing issues as they arise.
    2. Compassionate Companion volunteers may help in any way the staff requests as long as the task is something you are comfortable with, have been trained to do, and does not endanger your physical or emotional well-being.
    3. Compassionate Companion volunteers supplement the duties of on-site caregivers and extend the personal services staff is able to provide to patients, their families and guests.
    4. Compassionate Companion volunteers should be able to commit to a 1 ½ hour to 3 hour shift when called to companion a patient who is dying.
    5. Compassionate Companion volunteers are asked attend to at least one (1) dying patients a year to stay active with the SAH NODA program, and attend at least one (1) of the Gathering meetings per year.
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