Volunteering with Hospice
Volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice Care team. They offer a gentle presence, a helping hand and a compassionate ear.
Volunteers serve a variety of important functions. Whether running errands, preparing a light meal or sitting with a patient sharing a silent moment, Hospice volunteers provide care and companionship.
- In patients' homes
- At The Pillars hospice home
- In long-term care facilities
- At grief and bereavement group sessions
- As administrative volunteers
Qualified, caring volunteers
Our volunteers are very qualified, receiving 21 hours of training. They participate in classroom training twice a year, where they explore the physical, spiritual and emotional issues surrounding Hospice Care. Volunteers also receive hands-on training provided by professional staff and are presented with on-going educational opportunities to strengthen and develop their skills.
Volunteers are always needed in the following areas; however, specific duties may vary:
Home care volunteers
- Provide respite for caregivers
- Read, write letters, play cards or games
- Help shop for groceries and run errands
- Provide support to grieving families
- Provide telephone follow-up at scheduled intervals
- Assist at memorial services
- Serve as a grief support facilitator
Long-term care volunteers
- Offer emotional, spiritual and social support to patients in assisted living centers
- Accompany the patient to various activities or events within the care center
- Assist staff with patient care needs
- Greet and welcome family members and visitors
- Assist with meal preparation and general household responsibilities
- Help with mailings and special projects
- Assist with data entry and filing
For more information
To learn more about how you can make a difference as a Hospice volunteer, call 651-232-3412.