KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Compassus program serving Kansas City and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Eleanor Timmerman and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.
The 92-year-old Nebraska native will celebrate 10 years volunteering with Compassus in November. She first became interested in volunteering after visiting a woman from church who was in hospice care. Now she visits up to two patients a week at their homes or nursing facilities, giving loved ones respite from caregiving duties.
Hospice volunteers, whether simply providing companionship or a listening presence, make a meaningful impact on patients and their families. When asked her favorite part about volunteering, Timmerman replied, “To see patients smile.”
While Timmerman now lives in the Kansas City area, she spent a large portion of her life in Puebla, Mexico, where she opened Puebla Christian School and taught for nearly 40 years. In February, she returned to the school to celebrate its 50th anniversary. She brought back keepsakes including maracas and weavings to share with the hospice patients she visits.
“We are proud to recognize Eleanor for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Shonda Shaw, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Kansas City. “She is truly a very special woman and has contributed tremendously to our volunteer program.”
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 400,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.
For more information about National Volunteer Week, visit pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
For information about Compassus – Kansas City, please call (816) 295-6978.