Caring Presence

Caring Presence has been developed to be a natural extension of Harrison Medical Center’s compassionate care services. It is based on the internationally recognized No One Dies Alone program, in which a volunteer companion provides a reassuring presence to a dying patient. With the support of our nursing staff, these volunteers will give the most valuable of human gifts—time and touch—to our patients at the end of life.

Caring Presence provides a trained hospital volunteer to patients who:

  • Are in their last days of life
  • Have Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)/Do Not Intubate (DNI) orders
  • Have no family or friends at the bedside or within the near geographic area

Benefits for patients, families and staff

Caring Presence volunteers are sensitive to the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and may:

  • Hold a patient’s hand or provide a soft touch hand rub
  • Listen to a patient’s stories
  • Play soothing music
  • Read quietly
  • Fluff pillows
  • Pray together with the patient
  • Communicate patient needs to the nursing staff if necessary

These services are included as part of your inpatient care. Ask your nurse or medical provider to arrange an appointment.

Become a Caring Presence volunteer

Call Volunteer Services at 360-744-6519 to become a Caring Presence volunteer.