We welcome any interest in volunteering with our program. Here are some questions we frequently hear from people interested in volunteer opportunities.
What do hospice volunteers do?
Hospice Volunteer acts as member of the Hospice Program to provide services to individuals and families with terminal illness. A Hospice Volunteer may provide direct services in the home, inpatient facility, on the phone, or in the hospice office. Volunteers can be involved in direct patient contact, administrative roles and/or community activities under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator. Responsibilities may include:
- Assisting patient and/or family, according to a plan of care, with visits, socialization, relief to the caregiver, etc.
- Communicating with the Volunteer Coordinator on a regular basis
- Attending continuing education and in-services
- Documenting services as directed
What qualifications are there?
A Hospice Volunteer must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Complete Hospice Volunteer interviews and trainings
- Be able to receive supervision and work as part of a team
- Understand and support the Hospice program
- Not be actively grieving the death of a loved one
- Be able to listen openly, calmly and willingly without imposing one’s own spiritual, social and/or political values or beliefs
- Be able to set limits with others and be aware of boundaries
- Commit to a minimum of one hour a week per patient assigned
- Be able to attend in-service and staff support sessions
- Have access to dependable transportation
Can I volunteer in homes or inpatient facilities?
You can volunteer in either setting. Inpatient and home volunteers visit with patients, run errands and offer spiritual care.
Do I need to personally interact with patients to be a hospice volunteer?
Administrative volunteers provide valuable office assistance by helping with mailings, filing, photocopying, collating and answering phones.
I would like to involve my church/civic/other group. What can we do to help?
Program volunteers offer ongoing assistance with projects designed to offer support to our patients and their families. Program volunteers can make flower arrangements, sew memory bears or memory blankets and support fundraising events.
What are some other possibilities to become involved?
If you have a special skill, talent or professional training that could fill a need that is not listed, please feel free to call. For example, translating, art or writing skills are an asset. We have massage therapists and naturopathic physicians who donate their professional skills to our patients. In addition, after initial training and experience, some of our volunteers work with the bereavement department to help families after a loved one has died.