Hospice volunteering is an intensely gratifying experience. Your time spent volunteering will directly impact the lives of many patients, family members and greatly support the hospice staff. Your service will vastly improve the quality of life for patients in the last stages of terminal illness. However, hospice volunteering is a huge responsibility. You are part of a team that relies on you to be a great communicator, knowledgeable about hospice and dedicated to the care of patients and families.
For most of your volunteer experience you will be alone with the patient in their own home. Many hospice patients are non-communicative and much of your time will be spent giving respite for the primary caregiver. Patience, empathy and integrity are all essential qualities of a hospice volunteer.
The care of our patients and families relies heavily on the flow of up to the minute information from all members of the hospice team. As a Mission Hospice volunteer, you are a vital member of the team, and as such you will be responsible for submitting timely reports for your visits.
We are bound by very strict guidelines and hold ourselves to a high standard of service. We offer a specialized group training program to prepare you for (almost) every eventuality in the home.
To qualify as a hospice volunteer:
– Must be over 18 years of age
– Give a one year commitment
– Volunteer at least 2 hours per week
– Maintain a current drivers license, insurance and reliable transportation
– Complete our specialized training course
– Submit to health screening and yearly TB test
– Maintain strict confidentiality
– Clean background check
– Complete timely documentation
Please contact the volunteer coordinator to apply.
Services you may provide as a Patient Visit Volunteer:
– Friendly visitor to patients and families
– Providing much needed social interaction
– Offering reassurance and comfort
– Hand holding
– Reading favorite books
– Writing letters
– Taking patients for walks or wheeling in wheel chair
– Sharing stories & photos
– Offering music, singing or calming meditations
– Active supportive listening
– Providing much needed caregiver relief and support
– Shopping for patient, caregiver
– Assisting with funerals and memorial services