“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”
– Barbara De Angelis
Volunteering connects you with others.
Volunteering is good for your mind and body.
Volunteering can advance your career.
Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
HOSPICE CARE: Hospice is a philosophy of care uniquely equipped to address the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of individuals and their loved ones facing a life limiting illness. Hospice care focuses on pain and symptom management, comfort, and quality of life. When physical, emotional, and spiritual pain is addressed, patients and their loved ones can spend the precious time remaining concentrating on things that are important to them.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS: Hospice volunteers have a tremendous impact on the lives of the patients that they serve, their loved ones and caregivers, and the hospice team. Whether it is providing the patient with companionship and the opportunity to share fears, regrets, and hopes; supporting family members and caregivers during this painful time; or assisting with community events and administrative operations, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the invaluable care provided by our nation’s hospice programs.
Hospice care in the U.S. was founded by volunteers and continues to be committed to providing volunteer services to terminally ill individuals and their loved ones. Medicare-certified hospice programs are federally mandated to integrate hospice volunteers into patient services or administrative support. The United States government requires that the total number of hours that hospice volunteers contribute must equal at least 5% of the total number of patient care hours provided by paid hospice employees and contract staff.
Soreo volunteers offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. As a volunteer, you help determine which tasks you’re best suited to perform. The roles of volunteers are typically divided into two major categories: those who are directly involved with the care of the dying person and their family and those who indirectly support the dying by providing services directly to the hospice.
Patient Support Volunteer
Visit with patients to provide companionship and emotional support. Spend time talking, reading, listening to music, sitting outside or providing a comforting touch. This may include running errands, grocery shopping, or assisting with household chores/tasks.
Administrative Support Volunteer
Assist with office support tasks at the agency such as copying, filing, bulk mailings, data entry, preparing materials and other duties associated with running an office. These are generally tasks that involve little or no interaction with the dying person or their family but are very important to hospice operations.
Bereavement Support Volunteer
Volunteers work closely with the hospice’s professional bereavement staff to support surviving loved one’s by sending condolence cards, assisting with informative bulk mailing, providing referral information about community resources, or planning the community memorial services.