HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS ALSO OFFER INDIRECT SUPPORT TO PATIENTS THROUGH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES.
- Assisting in our office with general office duties
- Participate in fundraising and community education
- Assisting with building and grounds maintenance tasks
Each volunteer interested in working in direct supportive services with patients and families must attend a 30-hour training course which includes:
- An introduction to hospice history and philosophy
- Information on patient rights
- Communication techniques
- The volunteer roles and responsibilities on the hospice team
- Pain management and comfort measures
- The grieving process and how to help
- Spiritual needs of the dying and their families and friends
- The emotional and social needs of a family impacted by terminal illness
- Techniques for providing personal care
Volunteers are assigned to their areas of interest by the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers doing direct care or bereavement care are assigned to specific patients for the duration of that patient’s hospice stay.
A volunteer should expect to give 2-4 hours per week.