CHHS student named outstanding hospice volunteer

Sierra Davis, a NIU senior rehabilitation services major, has been recognized as an outstanding hospice volunteer by Unity Hospice of Western Illinois.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce shared the following press release about Davis’ recognition.

Unity Hospice of Western Illinois proudly recognizes Sierra Davis, of DeKalb, Ill., as an outstanding hospice volunteer. Each month, Unity Hospice pays tribute to a local volunteer who goes above and beyond for hospice patients.

Hospice volunteers are friends who lend an ear, a hand and their hearts. This scope of volunteerism is an opportunity to integrate complimentary medicine with traditional medicine as a supportive service.

Unity Hospice volunteers are a part of a highly coordinated care team that is designed to provide patients and their families with high quality, compassionate hospice care. All volunteers are specially trained to provide social and emotional support through individualized programs including personalized music therapy, comfort from pets, veteran honoring ceremonies and more. They are provided to help patients with ‘the little things in life’ that mean the most.

‘My most impactful memory would have to be my experience with my first patient,’ states Davis. ‘I helped her with the little thingsā€¦folding clothes, keeping her company. We got to know each other; we became friends. When she passed on, although it was difficult, I felt very blessed to have had the chance a part of her life and that I played a part in making her last days a little better,’ she adds.

During her visits, Davis provides therapeutic music, socialization or reading, all dependent on patient needs. Sometimes, the mere presence of a volunteer is all that is requested, especially for those who have lost the comfort of family and friends.

In the short time that Davis has been a volunteer with Unity Hospice, the experience has made quite the impact. ‘I have always believed in the hospice philosophy of care. Given my educational studies, I knew hospice would be the best fit for volunteerism,’ admits Davis.

A native of and current student resident of DeKalb, Ill., Davis is currently attending Northern Illinois University to study rehabilitation services and public health & gerontology.

For more information on the services offered at Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, or if you are interesting in learning more about the volunteer program, contact them at 815-561-8866 or volunteer@unithospice.com. Or, visit them online at www.UnityHospice.com.

About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, those who care for them and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs. For more information, visit http://www.unityhospice.com/.