What is Hospice? Hospice is a health care program that provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients with life-limiting illnesses to enable the best quality of life for the patient.
What is a Hospice Volunteer? A hospice volunteer is a special part of the hospice team. They are people who wish to make a difference in the lives of the terminally ill, or those who are grieving by giving their time to assist a patient or family member.
Hospice offers 3 types of volunteer opportunities.
Direct Care Volunteers: provide companionship, support at the time of death, reading or writing letters with the patient, craft projects with the patient/caregiver.
Indirect Care Volunteers: May do light gardening, deliver blankets, attend health fairs, assist at a nursing facility, or make crafts to be delivered to patients, bake goodies to be delivered to patients.
Bereavement Volunteers: assist with letters, spiritual prayer calls, attending funerals, participate in memorial services, companionship for the bereaved.
New volunteers participate in free training that provides information regarding the hospice philosophy of care, volunteer roles, communication skills, the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of death, and the interdisciplinary approach to hospice care. On average, hospice volunteers give 2-4 hours per month, but there is no requirement.
"Most people dream of living the fullest life possible, for as long as possible, right up until a peaceful end at home, where they are comfortable, alert, free of pain, and surrounded by people and things they love"
For more information contact Amedisys Hospice 540-378-5281 Marisa JohnsonVolunteer Coordinator
- Hospice Care
- Elder care
- People Skills
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 4-8 hrs a month