Volunteers provide important services to hospice organizations and the people they serve. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by our nation’s hospice programs.
Hospice care in the U.S. was founded by volunteers and there is continued commitment to volunteer service – in fact, Medicare regulations require that hospices have trained volunteers as a part of the services they provide. More than 450,000 trained volunteers provide more than 22 million hours of service every year.
By being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made an impact in another person’s life and in your community.Volunteer Application
What Can Volunteers Do?
Hospice Volunteers Can Do . . . Just About Anything! As a hospice volunteer you will be given choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do.
Some examples of typical volunteer duties are:
- Listening to a patient’s concerns.
- Being a comforting and supportive presence.
- Engaging in the patient’s hobbies, for example, playing a board game or discussing current events.
- Telling other hospice staff the needs of the hospice patient and family.
- Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family.
- Encouraging the patient to tell their life story.
- Transporting a patient to physician visits or shopping.
- Providing time for the caregiver to take care of her/his self.
Hospice Volunteers Work in the Office Too! Hospice relies on volunteers to help with administrative work as well.
These duties include:
- Data entry
- Mailings and photocopying
- Fundraising activities
- Answering phone calls that come into the hospice
Becoming a Hospice Volunteer is Easy!
We support our volunteers by providing hands on training and workbooks to educate you about hospice and the services it provides to families. Areas covered by the training includes understanding hospice, confidentiality, working with families, listening skills, signs and symptoms of approaching death, loss and grief and bereavement support.Volunteer Application
Please contact us to learn more about volunteering. By phone 520-547-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org