Hospice work 'most rewarding'

Volunteer Spotlight

November 05, 1995|By Kevin Harrison

The volunteer: About a year after moving to the area, Ann Laurenson asked a friend what she could do to get more involved in the community.

Her friend, a nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center, replied: "Have you tried Hospice?"

Since then, Ms. Laurenson "has done an excellent job" as a volunteer, said Sandra Porterfield, the volunteer coordinator for AAMC Hospice Care.

"She is a very adaptable volunteer and can deal with young and old alike," Ms. Porterfield said.

Ms. Laurenson and her husband, Robert, moved to Crofton from Missouri in 1992. They are members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bowie, where they teach a Bible study group.

Volunteer's comments: "I've done a lot of volunteer work through the years Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, church work. When we moved here I was ready for something different. The people I've met through hospice are wonderful. We've made some good friends and I have to say this is the most rewarding volunteer work I've ever done.

"With this you just feel the special bond with a family. You do what you're most comfortable doing for a family. The biggest requirement is a love for people."

"I've taken meals or stayed with the patient while the care-giver has gone to the bank or the grocery store. It's mostly been to help relieve the care-giver.

"[Hospice] started a new program that I'm in the pilot group for -- spiritual care. I went through nine hours of additional training with our chaplain Ruth [Smith].

"For spiritual care our goal is to to give them sources of comfort and to pray if they're comfortable with that. Clients can have a regular hospice care volunteer and one spiritual care volunteer.

"So far it's gone fine. There are five of us right now, assisting the chaplain."

Information: For information on the volunteer opportunities or services at Anne Arundel Medical Center Hospice, call 721-9289.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend a volunteer, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time, or fax information to 315-8916, or mail it to The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md., 21122.

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