Michael Andrade recognized for volunteer work
Compassus - Houston has recognized Michael Andrade for his dedicated volunteer work. Since starting in July, Andrade has spent more than 60 hours with patients and over 1,100 hours helping with administrative duties.
According to www.compassus.com, “Compassus is a nationwide network of community-based hospice, palliative and home health care services.” Compassus has two locations in the greater Houston area, one located at 1170 St. James Place, Suite 330, Houston, in the Uptown neighborhood.
Compassus’ mission is to “Offer high-quality and compassionate care to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.”
Andrade, who resides in the Galleria area, started volunteering when he hurt himself at his regular job, and had to leave work. Volunteering is a way for him to keep busy. He volunteers at both of Compassus’ Houston locations.
“I think it’s just a nice thing to do, to give back,” Andrade said. “I also have older neighbors that I help out too. It just feels good.”
According to Compassus Executive Director April Rose, hospice care is a Medicare funded program. One of the rules that Compassus has to abide by is to have a volunteer program, with 5 percent of patient care coming from volunteers each year.
“We have always succeeded that with over 20 percent. We have a great participation program… Michael is our shining star, but of course we appreciate all of our volunteers,” Rose said.
Andrade helps out wherever he is needed, from visiting with patients to helping out with administrative paperwork and organizing the supply room.
“Volunteers are just that, volunteers. They have to give their own time,” Rose said. “He gives his own time on a daily basis. He has dedicated his time. He really and truly is a part of our team. He is a member of the family here.”
Andrade said that he enjoys keeping the patients company, and that they are all appreciative of what he does.
“This one lady right now that I am seeing, she always asks why I am here and I told her I am here to look after her. She always asked my name but now she recognizes me. She grabs my hand and she holds it forever. If I try to get away from her she will grab on my shirt,” Andrade said.
Andrade continued, “She never has shoes on. I went and bought her some slippers. She was so happy, she was crying. She is so sweet.”
Andrade hopes to keep on volunteering with Compassus indefinitely.
“This is something that I like doing. All the people there, they are all really nice. I get along with everyone. They all appreciate what I do,” Andrade said.
Rose notes that there are currently about 25 active volunteers at Compassus, and they are always looking for more people to want to help. Those who are interested can go to https://www.compassus.com/volunteers.