Volunteers

Volunteer Program

 

Companion Volunteer: These volunteers work primarily in homes and facilities, interacting directly with patients and their loved ones.

 

Our volunteer programs are as varied as the needs of the patients and families. As a friend who pledges to be with them through the uncertainties of the weeks ahead, hospice volunteers offer patients and families a listening ear, a hand to hold, and the presence of a caring heart. Additionally, our veteran hospice volunteers offer specific veteran-to-veteran support.

Volunteer Services

 

Why Hospice Organizations Need Volunteers


The value of hospice volunteers cannot be overstated. Volunteers are commonly perceived by hospice patients and families as ordinary members of their local community. The spirit of hospice volunteering is borne from a genuine desire to give comfort, peace, and care to patients, caregivers, and families during the end of life. Hospice volunteers have a tremendous impact on the lives of the patients that they serve, the hospice team of which they are a part, and the families and friends of the terminally ill.This relationship provides a feeling of normality for patients, as well as patients’ families and friends. Volunteers often connect with patients on a deep, personal level, which provides the hospice care team with valuable insights concerning the overall impact of the level of comfort and care that is provided. Medicare-certified hospice programs are also federally mandated to integrate hospice volunteers into administrative or patient services. The United States government requires that the total number of hours that hospice volunteers contribute must equal at least 5% of the total number of patient care hours provided by paid hospice employees and contract staff.

What do hospice volunteers do?

 

Patient Care Volunteers

  • The Eleventh Hour

  • Preparing meals for patients.

  • Providing comfort and support.

  1. Providing conversation

  2. Playing cards or games

  3. Watching TV with the patient

  4. Discovering the patient's interests and focus on bringing these interests to life again

  5. Reading to the patient

  • Informing hospice staff of the patients' needs.

  • Helping with simple chores around the house.

 

Office Volunteers

  • Assist in filing

Volunteer Services

  • Assist with preparing folders and binders

  • Assist with any of the office administrative needs