(This is a
continuing series of articles explaining Hospice care services.)
The Hospice Care Volunteer Program is an important part of the team.
Volunteers were responsible for founding Hospice Care and they remain
the cornerstones even today.
When indicated and agreed upon by the patient and family, a trained
volunteer is assigned to provide respite care and support. The nature of
Hospice Care’s services means it is always looking for individuals with
varying personalities, talents and time.
Volunteer opportunities include the following:
Office volunteers provide administrative support to Hospice staff,
such as filing, computer input, assembling information packets,
telephone support and reception work.
Thrift Store volunteers support Hospice Thrift Stores in providing a
wide array of services, such as cashier, pricing, sorting, stocking and
Fundraising/community outreach/speakers bureau volunteers assist with
community programs and events that raise funds and awareness of Hospice
Care Corp., such as health fairs, speaking engagements, golf
tournaments, Light Up A Life, Camp Nabe, Walk For Hospice, and present
information to community members.
Patient/family support volunteers provide companionship and support
to Hospice Care patients and families in their own homes, nursing homes,
and assisted living facilities. Duties may include respite care, reading
to the patient, running errands, and light housework.
Bereavement volunteers provide companionship and support to people
who are suffering any type of grief (not limited to those who have lost
a loved one). Duties may include home visits, telephone calls, and
transitions center training.
Music volunteers provide musical companionship and support to
patients and families by singing or playing a musical instrument in the
home or home-like setting.
“Last Watch” volunteers provide companionship to patients in their
last hours and minutes of life, and provide support and respite care to
families in nursing and assisted living facilities.
Activity volunteers provide assistance to patients in nursing and
assisted living facilities, with activities provided monthly by Hospice
Care outreach team (play games, design crafts, afternoon tea, reading,
Life review facilitates for patients and families’ recording of a
history of their life, and chronicling responses on CD, DVD, or picture slide show.
Maintenance/construction volunteers assist Hospice Care personnel in
upkeep, repair, and needed constructions for patient homes, and Hospice
Care thrift stores and offices.
Hospice volunteers are people who care. Some are
nurses, clergy, or therapists, but most are people who want to help
others and their community.
People who want to volunteer for Hospice Care do not need special
talents, just a will to share their time with others. For information,
call Hospice Care, 853-2279.