No one is born alone, and in the best circumstances, no one dies alone. Yet from time to time terminally ill patients come to Sky Ridge Medical Center who have neither family or close friends to be with them as they near the end of life.
No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to help provide patients with a priceless human gift: a dignified death.
No nursing skills are required. Companions should be willing to hold the hand of the patient, read to the patient, play music, fluff pillows, and assist in comfort care measures as requested by the patient or directed by the nurse. Even nurses who volunteer for No One Dies Alone will not provide actual nursing care during their shift but will assist only as a companion.
We also need Vigil Coordinators, who will serve as point of contact for a week at a time and coordinate volunteers when a need arises.
All Sky Ridge Medical Center employees and volunteers are invited to participate in the No One Dies Alone program. Companions are asked to sign up for shifts of their choosing. Some may choose to serve on special days to honor or remember loved ones. To provide 24-hour coverage, a team of volunteers will be on call each week, ready to serve at the bedside. When a patient is identified, all volunteers available to help during that time will be notified and asked to respond quickly about their availability for two to four hour shifts.
To register, complete a volunteer application and check the box on the application for No One Dies Alone Caring Companion. All companions must take part in an orientation in which they will learn the art of being compassionately present at the bedside of a dying person.
Orientation will be held on two consecutive Mondays: September 12 and 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Administration board room (meal included). Volunteers will attend both nights to complete the training.
If you are unable to attend the orientation due to your work schedule, contact Rev. Laurie Jeddeloh at 720-225-1778.