Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers is seeking individuals and business who can support hospice patients with such skills as massage therapy, music therapy, art therapy, pet therapy and other alternative therapies, such as reiki, for a reduced rate or reasonable agreed-upon fee. Also needed are certified hair dressers and nail care professionals who would be willing to go to a patient’s home and provide services.

Studies show complementary care can enhance the quality of care for patients nearing the end of life. These types of services are even associated with a lessening of symptoms, including anxiety and pain, and improvements in mood and a sense of control.

CFHV supports hospice patients and their families by providing companionship to the dying and respite to the caregivers. We support those who are grieving through mailings, phone calls, one-on-one peer support and volunteer-led support groups.

Any interested individual or business with a licensed or certified skill that may offer comfort and well-being to hospice patients in Knox or Lincoln county can contact Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers at 230-0042 or at coastalfamilyhospicevolunteers@gmail.com. Additionally, CFHV will be offering training in the spring to those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or offering bereavement support to those who have recently lost someone.

Founded in 1979, Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers provides volunteer support to MaineHealth Care at Home hospice patients and their families in Knox and Lincoln counties and at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.