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