Nancy Barber’s friendly demeanor when volunteering at Providence Care Hospital has been uplifting patients twice a week since July 2022.
“Volunteering has allowed me to be in touch with many patients who require assistance, and I am so very happy to provide it. I’ve been through a couple of major health issues in my life and I know first hand how it feels to have to depend on others,” says Nancy.
Nancy volunteers at the welcome desk in the main lobby, visits new patients admitted to the hospital; providing them orientation to the unit and also assists with a tour of the facility for new volunteers.
“My best tool when working with patients is to try to imagine what it would be like to be coping with their issues whether they be physical or emotional. Sometimes a smile and a positive attitude can turn a patients day around,” she adds.
After a long career in health care, Nancy decided it was time to retire soon after COVID-19 hit in 2019. As time passed and things reopened, she decided it was time to give back. She briefly volunteered in the gift shop, however still missing the sense of really being supportive to those in need, she transferred into an area that allowed her to have direct contact with patients.
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