Compassionate Companions: A Comprehensive Patient Visitation Program from Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services would like to announce our comprehensive visitation program for patients called “Compassionate Companions.” Volunteers are trained to sit bedside with patients, go for walks, and engage in social activities -- often meeting many physician’s orders for alleviating stress and depression.

The program will also offer some types of respite for caregivers.

The No One Dies Alone (NODA) program is a more specialized part of the Compassionate Companions. NODA volunteers sit with actively dying patients who are on comfort care and whose families may not be  available to be with them. NODA volunteers have gone through a special training with Palliative Care and Pastoral Care for specific protocols in dealing with this type of patient.

Informational rack cards (see a sample card here) have been printed and are available to nursing units detailing the “how to” for requesting a volunteer for these visits.

For more information about these programs or to find out how you can have cards delivered to your area, please contact volunteer services by calling 984-974-4793 or by email at volsvcs@unchealth.unc.edu

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