Hospice volunteers make a difference.
How Can Our Hospice Volunteers Help You?
HOPE Healthcare and Hospice offers hospice volunteer opportunities that allow you to choose the role with which you feel the most comfortable. These include:
Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, interpreting for those who do not speak English, bringing in music, and supervising therapeutic visits with pets. Volunteers with necessary certification can also provide massage therapy. Some hospices also utilize volunteers who offer complementary therapies such as aroma therapy or therapeutic touch.
Respite and support for family members. Volunteers can assist with shopping or light household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, exercise, or simply have some time alone. Volunteers can also help care for a family pet.
Bereavement support programs. Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice’s bereavement staff. Duties may include assisting a support group facilitator, serving refreshments, or helping with mailings to families.
Administrative Duties. A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with administrative duties. Responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank-you letters to organizing events.
Special skills and interests. Many hospices utilize volunteers to help maintain patient’s yards and/or assist with landscaping. Notaries, barbers and beauticians often volunteer their services to patients. Musicians often volunteer to play for patients.