Introducing a Companion Sitter Service to hospice patients

Authors

  • Karen Murphy Weston Hospicecare

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v15i1.10

Keywords:

spiritual care, chaplaincy, presence, service development, volunteers, palliative care

Abstract

As referrals to Weston Hospicecare increase and the number of patients supported continues to grow, the services of one full time chaplain are spread more thinly. Responding to the issue of limited capacity, the author describes the development of a companion sitter service and outlines the benefits to the hospice.

Author Biography

Karen Murphy, Weston Hospicecare

Karen Murphy is chaplain to Weston Hospicecare and a former executive member of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains

References

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Published

2013-04-04

How to Cite

Murphy, K. (2013). Introducing a Companion Sitter Service to hospice patients. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 10-15. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v15i1.10