Program makes sure no patient is alone

Signature Hospice proudly sponsors the No One Dies Alone program as a positive way to give back to the communities it serves.

The goal of the program is to provide companionship and support for dying individuals so that no patient dies alone.

Signature Hospice is looking for kindhearted members of the community to serve as NODA volunteers. Because of the nature of the program, volunteers must be 19 or older.

No nursing skills are necessary. Volunteers are screened and undergo specialized training. The two-hour training addresses the logistical and emotional aspects of being a compassionate companion.

The next volunteer training session is set for Wednesday, June 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bridgeport Center, suite 130, 7632 S.W. Durham Road, in Tigard. Bedside companions act as surrogate family members by holding a bedside vigil with patients who are typically in their last 24 to 36 hours of life. The program supports a time when nursing is no longer needed, but the loving presence of a compassionate individual is valued. Families are extremely appreciative of volunteers for the assurance that their loved one will not be alone during the final stages of life.

The program is available for individuals on any hospice program. Signature Hospice currently has 190 volunteers who serve 60 senior living care facilities across the Portland area. There is a growing demand for this service.

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