Volunteers -- The Heart of the Hospice Team
Making each day count. An important part of the Hospice team is volunteers. A volunteer may run errands, or even just sit and read to the patient. The gifts of compassion and care make an amazing difference in the lives of patients and families. As a hospice volunteer, you will be oriented to a specialized program so you can understand our mission, philosophy, and goals. We will give you the skills needed to assist patients and their families. You will find it to be the most rewarding thing that you can do to make a difference in your life and someone else’s life. Volunteering affirms and enhances your acquired skills and knowledge.
What is the hospice patient care volunteer’s role?
Our volunteers are the heart of the hospice team. We depend on our hospice volunteers to assist in providing support and care to our patients and their families during this time in their life.
Our volunteers offer support, companionship and practical care to our patients. Whether it’s running errands, sitting with a patient to provide relief for the care giver, reading to a patient, helping a patient write in his/her journal or providing the power of presence. As a hospice volunteer, you will truly make a difference.
Volunteers can also provide:
- Administrative Support
- Bereavement Support
- Special Projects
- Pet Therapy
How much can you give?
There’s a lot to gain from being a hospice volunteer. Satisfaction, greater self-knowledge and spiritual growth.
Volunteering as little as a couple of hours a month can provide assistance to a patient or their family at the time when they need it most. The volunteer’s need varies from patient to patient. Because of the flexibility this allows you to find an area of service that is uniquely suited to you.
We offer FREE to all our volunteers:
- Hospice Volunteer Training
- Two-step TB Screening (required for all direct patient volunteers)
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (optional)
- Flu Vaccine
- Blood Pressure Check
Also, bi-monthly education and training addresses a wide-range of patient needs:
- Comfort Measures
- Emotional Support
- Universal Precautions
- Elder Abuse
- Cultural Diversity
- Alzheimer and Dementia Ztraining
How do I become a volunteer?
If you are interested in being a hospice volunteer, please click here to fill out an online application.