Singing the praises for Douglas Van Bogelen
Doug Van Bogelen has been volunteering for Livingston Hospice since 2011. He worked with the disabled population for years and always had an interest in working with hospice patients. After attending a weekend course on hospice work with his wife, Carol, Doug felt even more of a desire to volunteer in hospice. Once he retired and had the time Doug took Livingston’s hospice volunteer class and got to work. He enjoys the “opportunity to help someone in need” with whatever it is they require, which, Doug states, “is different for every patient”. He values getting to know the individual and finding their commonalities. Doug and his current patient both share an interest in boats and motorcycles.
When he is not visiting a Livingston hospice patient Doug enjoys gardening and traveling with his wife. He is also a member of a barber shop quartet the Harmony Channel Quartet, which sings at various events and facilities around the Ventura area. He has been singing for approximately 40 years. Some may remember them performing at Livingston’s Mothers Day Luncheon in 2013.
Livingston Volunteer Coordinator Maddy Hazard states: “When training hospice volunteers we emphasize the 4 “A”s of compassionate care: attention, acknowledgement, acceptance and affection. Doug brings all of these, bundled with warmth and kindness, to each patient he visits. We are incredibly lucky to have him as part of our hospice care team.” Way to go, Doug!