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Compassionate Care for Dying Patients

08/30/2016

No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program offered at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. The intent of this program, staffed by volunteers called Compassionate Companions, is to provide a bedside vigil as patients are actively dying and to offer them the most valuable of human gifts – a dignified death.

To receive No One Dies Alone care, a patient:

  • is expected to die within 48 to 72 hours (including if they will be transferred to another care facility within that time period)
  • has Do Not Resuscitate status
  • has no family or friends who can be with them

A patient’s family can request No One Dies Alone services if the family is not local. If the patient has no family, the primary RN or Palliative Care staff contacts Spiritual Care staff, who then contact Compassionate Companions to begin a bedside presence.

A volunteer coordinator schedules the trained Compassionate Companions, including Bozeman Health employee volunteers, for the program. These volunteers are with the patient throughout the dying process, if possible. For more information, please contact the Bozeman Health Spiritual Care Office or the Health Information Center at Bozeman Health.

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