No One Dies Alone (NODA)
We’re Here for Our Family and Friends
Genesis Spiritual Care provides a service to offer another layer of compassionate care. No One Dies Alone (NODA) offers specially trained volunteers to be with patients who are near death if family members aren’t available to be with the patient. We care about our friends and family and want to provide the ultimate in patient-centered care. The service doesn’t replace chaplains but instead provides another layer of care.
NODA was started by a Critical Care Unit nurse in Oregon. She was having a busy day and taking care of several patients. After being summoned to a patient’s room, she told the man she would return shortly. By the time she got back to his room, he had died – alone. The nurse was determined not to let this happen again, so she started NODA.
Training is being offered for volunteers to be with patients as compassionate companions. It’s a volunteer program with no minimum or maximum time stipulated, and nursing skills are not required.
How to Help
Companions should be willing to hold the hand of the patient, read to the patient, play music, fluff pillows and assist in comfort care measures as requested by the patient or directed by the nurse. For more information on NODA or how to become a NODA volunteer, call Genesis Volunteer Services at (740) 454-4700.