Volunteers Provide Comfort
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This process involves provision of a very gentle rub of a patient's hands and arms - either with or without a lotion or an oil. Presently, four ACH volunteers provide this soothing service to patients, and even visitors, as a way of providing relaxation and a personal touch to them.
Victoria Hoover, Linda Phillips, Hope Boden and Roselette Sommers are the four volunteers who have chosen to be trained in â€œSoft Touchâ€ and it is proving to be as rewarding to them as it is relaxing to patients.
â€œI love having the opportunity to provide this service to our patients, especially when I can feel them relax as I am doing it; some even fall asleep during the process. It is just such a wonderful feeling to know I have helped someone in such a special way,â€ said Hoover.
â€œLast week a new mother was in labor, and I provided the soft touch. What a difference it made for her!â€ she said.
Volunteers who provide this service undergo a two-hour training session to help them learn the technique, as well as to learn about the hospital's protocols for patients.
Linda Phillips said, â€œI cannot tell you how much I enjoy the opportunity to make such a positive difference for our patients. I leave here feeling that I have gained more than I have given, and I look forward to each visit. This is truly a wonderful program.â€
Anyone interested in this volunteering opportunity can contact the volunteer office at 330-596-7822 or 330-596-7821.
As always, for more information on ACH programs and services, please visit our website at www.achosp.org.