Living with a terminal illness is a difficult and scary time, but Westman Hospice wants people to know they don’t have to suffer alone.
To mark National Hospice Week, the Westman Hospice Association will host the community booth at Shoppers Mall from May 7 to 9, providing information on the free services offered in the community.
“We’re going to have volunteers to share some information and share some stories on how it’s rewarding to them for volunteering in this area, and how it’s helpful for people in the community,” said Westman Hospice co-ordinator Sheri Neudorf-Gilliland.
“We want to build awareness in the community that we are here … that we’re able to be there for them, whether it’s respite for the family or being there for people that don’t have family that live in town.”
Westman Hospice currently has 14 clients.
“Right now, there’s probably 52 names on the palliative care registry, but maybe beds for 10 at the hospital,” she said.
“So a lot of people are dying at home. A lot of our volunteers are going into homes … if they’re needing help around the house, just wanting someone to come in and visit, do those kinds of things, take their dog for a walk … whatever needs to be done.”
The hospice currently has 19 trained volunteers and another 25 to 30 who help with events.
“It would be great to get some extra volunteers as well,” she said. “The longer the arm is, the further we can reach into the community and the more we can do.”
A lunch fundraiser will be held at Princess Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 5, 2012