East Lyme, CT, June 11, 2013…….In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice honored hundreds of community volunteers who cumulatively contributed thousands of volunteer hours to the hospice program during the past year. Awards were presented at special recognition events held at several offices throughout Connecticut.
Staff and volunteers of the East Lyme office of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice gathered to celebrate their hospice volunteers and thank them for the care and dedication they bring to patients and the hospice team.
Mr. Thomas E. Williamson, a resident of New London, received the highly regarded Dedicated to Outstanding Volunteer Excellence (D.O.V.E.) award. The office gives the D.O.V.E. award yearly to one volunteer who exhibits exceptional dedication to the program and exemplifies the true spirit of hospice care.
Faith Grist and Wendy Worley, volunteer coordinators for the Eastern hospice team, praised Mr. Williamson for his dedication and commitment to the hospice program.
“Tom has been a volunteer for just over a year, and in that short amount of time, he has logged almost 200 hours. He is always willing to help when we call and is very dedicated to his patients. He is very caring and spends a lot of time with patients, often visiting multiple times a week. Tom learns everything he can about each patient so he can interact and provide support to each one as an individual. He also connects with involved family members and is a great listener. In addition to his regular patients, Tom has often accepted vigil assignments – sitting with patients who are at the very end of their journey. Normally a one-time visit, on several occasions Tom has taken it upon himself to make subsequent visits to these dying patients, several days in a row if needed. Tom is a wonderful addition to our volunteer team!”
Masonicare Home Health & Hospice is an affiliate of Masonicare, the state’s leading not-for-profit provider of senior healthcare and retirement living. For information on Masonicare’s hospice program or to learn how you can become a volunteer, please call 1-800-528-6664.