How can I help
The goal of VNA Hospice Care is to ensure that quality care and compassionate support are always available to medically appropriate patients, and families, regardless of access to insurance, or ability to pay. In order for VNA to fulfill this goal, we rely on the generosity of members in our community who volunteer and/or make financial donations to ensure no one in need goes without the care they deserve.
- VNA Hospice Care provided 885 patients with 71,518 days of care in FY 2014. Of those 885, 60 patients were provided 1,837 days of care through charitable funds.
- Last year, 103 volunteers served a total of 1,980 volunteer hours providing emotional support to patients and bereavement support for families after the loss of their loved ones.
- VNA spent a total of $224,960 in charitable funds to care for uninsured patients last year.
Why we need your help:
VNA receives an average of nine calls per week from uninsured patients requesting VNA Hospice Care. Unfortunately, we are only able to provide charitable funded services to 1-2 patients per week due to limited resources. The sad reality is that many of these patients are sent home from the hospital without proper palliative end-of-life care. Patients and their families are forced to cope with the medical and emotional challenges alone. In addition, many of these indigent patients are sent back to the emergency room for expensive and intrusive hospital care they could avoid if they had access to hospice. The cost to patients, their families and tax payers is astounding. Hospice care is not only a more compassionate form of care, it is also the most cost-effective.
Volunteer with VNA Hospice Care*
Many people who see the impact of VNA Hospice Care want to lend their time and energy as a Volunteer. At VNA, we have a wide variety of opportunities for Volunteers, from working directly with patients to participating in fundraising opportunities.
Direct Patient Care Volunteers provide friendly visits, caregiver relief and assistance with errands.
Bereavement Volunteers provide support after the death of the patient through phone calls, visits, hosting luncheons and facilitating support groups.
11th Hour Volunteers stay with the patient and family when death is imminent, remain with the family when death has occurred and assist the VNA nurse as he or she makes the death pronouncement.
Administrative Volunteers assist with clerical duties and provide administrative support to VNA.
Sewing Projects for VNA Hospice Care patients include lap blankets and positioning pillows. Volunteers provide materials to make the blankets and pillows. Other sewing projects include the Memory Bear keepsake, made of fabric from a piece of clothing worn by the patient. Volunteers provide all other supplies needed to complete the keepsake, such as thread and batting.
Seniors Helping Seniors are high school seniors who lend their time and energy to help nursing home and assisted living residents.
Light Up a Life Volunteers help individuals during the holiday season as they search for meaningful ways to remember loved ones who have died. Volunteers assist with preparing materials for mailing, tracking donations, hand lettering doves and putting up and taking down the holiday tree. Volunteers from VNA’s Denton County office also staff their area's Holiday Tree located in Golden Triangle Mall.
*VNA encourages family members to wait a minimum of one year following the death of a loved one before volunteering as a Hospice Patient Care Volunteer or Bereavement Support Volunteer.
Upcoming Hospice Volunteer Training:
Coming Soon, Contact Linda Giddens at (214) 689-3271 for more information.