VolunteerHospice volunteers are valuable members of the hospice team. If you are a caring, outgoing and compassionate person you will gain a sense of satisfaction from making a difference in people’s lives. You will also gain valuable insights from relationships with patients and their families while working with the hospice team. Supporting someone through the dying process can heighten your own sense of spiritual values and help you focus on those things that matter most in life. There are many different opportunities for the volunteer to support the patient, the family, the team and the program. We provide a board range of areas in which you can bring your talents to bear and gain the satisfaction of serving others. Volunteer tasks may include some of the following:
- Provide relief or respite to family caregivers
- Pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy
- Read to the patient
- Play cards with the patient
- Write letters
- Provide companionship
- Prepare light meals
- Run errands
Patient Care Volunteers:The volunteer provides support and companionship to the patient and family. The volunteer training provides the volunteer with helpful interventions and communication techniques to assist patients and families through the end of life process. The hours can be very flexible.
Bereavement Volunteers for Family Support:You will provide support to the families after the death of the patient. The volunteer may visit the bereaved to provide support and companionship to assist with the adjustment to the loss of their loved one.
Bereavement Volunteers Telephone Support:Volunteers assist in the bereavement process by calling families after the death of the patient. The calls are to provide reassurance, support, active listening, and a friendly voice. The volunteer will receive special training in recognizing difficult grieving patterns and will work the bereavement counselors and social workers to assist with guidance and appropriate interventions. You may also help by calling families and inviting them to the annual “Service of Remembrance” and calling to remind families of bereavement support groups. Volunteers can also assist with mailings.
Pharmacy Volunteers:Volunteers assist by picking up prescriptions from pharmacies and delivering them to the patient’s home. The area the volunteer covers is designated by the volunteer and can usually be scheduled at a flexible and convenient time.
Supply and Equipment Volunteers:Volunteers assist by picking up supplies and small medical equipment from the office and delivering them to the patient’s home. The area covered is designated by the volunteer and can usually be scheduled at the volunteer’s convenience.
Hospital Support and Welcome Volunteers:Volunteers provide support and companionship to patients who have been admitted to the hospital. Volunteers may also make visits to patients who may have been transferred to a new setting. The volunteer welcomes the patient and provides a link to resumption of hospice services.
Interested in volunteering? Please call us with your contact information.
Phone: (916) 725-2580