This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets, even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills.
It can mean so much to a patient or a family member to receive a comforting phone call when they are sorrowing the loss of a loved one.
Sometimes families need help with babysitting, picking up children from school, or providing necessary transportation to outside activities such as music lessons, sporting practices, or club meetings. Many of our volunteers are asked to care for the family pets, and find that to be very rewarding..
Helping with light housekeeping chores.
Volunteers assist with shopping or household maintenance, or give family caregivers a chance to take care of necessary errands and get some much needed time away from the house. We’ve found that family members really appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through – and that’s exactly what our volunteers are.
Hospice volunteers can work closely with our professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families.
Our patients love to have visits and socialization and it could be as simple as an outing, walk in the park or a trip around the block in their wheelchair.
To ensure that all of our volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with the dying, Art of Hospice Care requires that our volunteers complete an orientation and volunteer training program, as well as submit to a routine background check. It’s important that volunteers understand the history of hospice and are aware of the specific ways their local hospices work to serve the community. Depending on area of service, additional training may be available or necessary.
We are always looking for individuals who share the vision of bringing comfort, support and dignity to people who are affected by life-limiting illness. We invite you to watch this informative video on hospice volunteering:
Even if you can only spare a couple of hours a week to visit just one patient, you can find it a very satisfying experience. Many hospice patients say that it is the highlight of their week to have their volunteer come and visit. We have volunteer opportunities in many areas.
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