Despite retiring as a registered nurse years ago, Jan Rudolph is still on call.
Rudolph, who is a Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care volunteer, is a member of the corps of dedicated men and women who want to ensure patients are not alone during their end-of-life journey. Rudolph sits vigil with Cornerstone Hospice patients who don’t have family nearby.
“I like to make sure the room is calm, and I play soothing music. I’ll hold the patient’s hand so he or she knows they aren’t alone,” said Rudolph. “I know it’s comforting for the patient and their loved ones who may not be able to make it to the bedside in time.”
As a nurse who worked in emergency and long-term care settings, Rudolph admits she’s comfortable being with people who are dying.
“I feel like I’m helping someone,” said Rudolph. “There’s so much to do as a Cornerstone volunteer. They need help stuffing envelopes in the office, giving a caregiver a break to run errands or even cooking at one of the hospice houses. It’s so satisfying.”
Cornerstone Hospice seeks volunteers like Rudolph to help throughout Lake County. A volunteer training class is scheduled for Friday, October 12 and October 19, from 9 am to 1:30 pm, at Cornerstone’s Southridge Plaza Office, 4215 CR 561, in Tavares. Both days are required.
Lunch and refreshments will be served. For information or to register for training, please contact Volunteer Specialist Bettie LoCicero at (352) 742-6827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cornerstone Hospice
Cornerstone Hospice is a leading community-owned provider of end-of-life care in Central Florida. For 34 years Cornerstone has set the standard for hospice care as we serve more than 7,000 people in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties each year. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 866-742-6655 or visit www.CornerstoneHospice.org.