Hospice Volunteers inspired by ABC 4 Utah story

Hospice Volunteers inspired by ABC 4 Utah story

MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Ruth Savage was folding laundry at home when an ABC 4 story caught her attention.
"I think it helps with our state of being. If we have our own issues we can help people and see that maybe our problems are not as bad," -Ruth Savage
MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Ruth Savage was folding laundry at home when an ABC 4 story caught her attention.

It was broadcast April 16 and gave her an inside look at the life of a hospice volunteer.

It showed Joel Tippetts giving his time and attention to a hospice patient, which allowed his wife to leave home for a few hours to relax on her own. 

"It's really nice to be able to offer that to Joy.  I know that being a caretaker at times can be overwhelming because you still have all the regular duties that anybody else has in their life," Tippetts said in the April 16 report.

Ruth says she enjoyed watching the report.  "I really like that the volunteer felt like he was receiving more than the person he was volunteering for and I just like that connection they had with each other," said Ruth Savage.

Ruth is one of three people who decided to become a Rocky Mountain Hospice volunteer after watching the ABC 4 Utah's story.  "People need help and there's not always ways to help," said Ruth.

Ruth says she has always looked for ways to serve others because of the example set by her father.  She says she is grateful she can dedicate one or two hours a week to help someone in the twilight of their life.

"I think it helps with our state of being.  If we have our own issues we can help people and see that maybe our problems are not as bad," Ruth said.

Click on the attached link to become a hospice volunteer.  It was temporarily down when the story was posted.  If it doesn't work for you, try it at a later time.




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