Date

12-2017

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Adrienne Saxton

Abstract

Family caregivers of hospice patients experience an increased burden due to providing ongoing care. Research on the issue produces no consensus on evidence-based programs to alleviate the burden. Respite or relief services continue to be the primary solution applied to the problem. Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice supported a project to address caregiver burden. Hospice provides volunteers to families to reduce the caregiver burden. The project consists of outreach and recruitment to obtain new volunteers that continue to deliver respite within the community. Project duration lasted for approximately three months and was implemented by completing six tabling activities at public locations. Agency college interns participated and engaged in dialogue with community members. The intended goal was to recruit more volunteers before the cessation of the project. Recruitment was unsuccessful for the duration of the project however relationships with organizations developed where tabling occurred. Recommendations were made to the agency to continue the outreach and recruitment project because it had potential for obtaining volunteers over a longer implementation period. Additionally, the project activities did not increase expenses for the agency.

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