IndyBar News

December 21, 2011

Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Hospice Program

Attorney volunteers are needed for the IndyBar Hospice Program. Volunteers assist Hospice patients through consultations and offering limited representation (primarily with end of life concerns and forms), through Wishard, IU-Methodist, St. Francis and the Abbie Hunt Brice Home. Volunteer pairs address all hospital referrals made during their assigned calendar week (typically 3 hours of service) and are assigned 2-4 weeks per year. Training is available via DVD.

Attorney volunteers can comfort hospice patients in so many ways with just a little bit of time. Answering questions, executing powers of attorney or simple wills, or transferring a car title can relieve the mental anguish from which a patient suffers. Some attorneys learn that within hours of their consultation, a patient passes with their affairs in order. With a few phone calls, one attorney volunteer helped unravel a 20 year old matter which was preventing a cancer patient from receiving Medicaid assistance for chemo and pain meds.

Our generous volunteers touch more people than they expect. Recently an attorney accepted a referral and met with a patient regarding a healthcare power of attorney. As he and the patient were executing the documents, the patient's roommate asked if the attorney could help her as well. She had documents prepared and was in need of notary assistance. With an extra five minutes, this volunteer positively affected another struggling, sick and low income terminal patient.

Please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org for more information or to volunteer.