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.