The Edmond Sun

April 19, 2013

Crossroads Hospice volunteer opportunities available

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Medicare Hospice Benefit requires that hospice providers deliver at least 5 percent of direct patient care hours through volunteers. That’s why Crossroads Hospice is energizing its volunteer program with new initiatives and inviting community members to learn about getting involved at a “V-Day” celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Crossroads Hospice, 701 S.E. 82nd St. in Oklahoma City.

A new minimum volunteer age requirement of 16-years-old will provide more opportunities for students to fulfill school requirements while gaining insight from older generations.

Volunteers provide companionship to patients in their homes and facilities, lend a hand at the Crossroads office and provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice volunteer, participants must complete an application, TB skin test and training session lead by members of the Crossroads team. Volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying.

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