The hospice concept is to provide care and dignity to those individuals with a life-limiting illness and to assist their families during and after this time. Hospice care is a loving way of keeping families together; it affirms life, emphasizing quality, not length. Hospice empowers patients to live fully while including families and loved ones in giving care. Volunteers play a large part in making this happen.
Functions performed by the hospice volunteers who visit in patient’s homes are varied and contingent upon the needs of the patient/family. They may include talking to, listening to, writing letters for, reading to the patient/family, teaching crafts, preparing light meals, running errands, making phone calls, decorating for holidays, etc. Volunteers are not responsible for personal care of the patient or any procedure usually performed by nursing staff.
Functions performed by the Hospice Care Center (inpatient hospice unit located in Sunbury) volunteers are varied and include: visit, talk and listen to the hospice patient/family; offer tours of the care center to visitors or to help orient a family; write letters, read, play games or teach a craft to patients; assist patients and families with receiving and partaking of meals; serve as a companion for the patient for short periods of time so family members feel comfortable leaving.
Volunteers are appreciated and needed as requested by the family -- typically once a week.
**FREE TRAINING PROVIDED**
Hospice Volunteer Contact: Carrie Stine
1-800-634-5232, extension 1450
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18