Take-a-Break Program

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is excited to begin the Take a Break volunteer program. This program was originally designed for the Emergency Trauma Department at Hackensack University Medical Center to help families and others close to their patients. While their loved ones are being cared for, families and supportive others often remain at the bedside for long periods of time so that the patients are not alone.

The “Take a Break” program provides our families the chance to leave the bedside of their loved ones so they may manage personal affairs, get some food or simply have a change of scene. The HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley volunteers will be specially trained and receive on-going education to stay with patients so family members may take a needed break.  Your role is to be a companion to our patients until their loved one can return to the bedside. 

Based on the patient’s request, the volunteer may also read, share in conversation or just sit quietly. Take a Break volunteers will be an important part of the team and work with the other Emergency Department staff assigned to your loved one. The response to the Take a Break Program at HackensackUMC has been extremely positive and we are thrilled to bring the program to HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.

We believe that by supporting our patients’ families and others close to them, we become partners in providing quality care. Having a trained individual at the bedside, under the direction of our patient’s nurse, helps to reduce stress to the patient and their loved one.

Here at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, Take a Break is another way that we take care of our families and supportive others by building partnerships within our philosophy of family-centered care.  If you would like to become a volunteer in this program, please contact Jenna Lowe, at Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate in this program. 

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