Patient Volunteers needed North (Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock etc.)


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

About

Hospice Volunteers Make a Critical Difference

Volunteers provide important services to the community. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months or weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, providing assistance in the office or helping with community outreach, the contributions of volunteers are an essential part of Interim HealthCare Hospice. Our goal is to provide excellent end-of-life support to each patient and family. Volunteers are at the heart of our goal. Serving people at the end of life’s journey allows hospice volunteers to make a difference every day.

Hospice Needs Volunteers

Being a hospice volunteer, is an intensely rewarding experience. Volunteers are required to complete a pre-training interview and orientation class. Surviving family members or friends wishing to join the volunteer staff will be strongly encouraged to wait a minimum of one year following the death of their loved one.

As a volunteer, you will also have access to ongoing educational opportunities to ensure you feel comfortable with your role. Hospice education covers:

  • Philosophy of hospice care
  • Services offered by hospice
  • Physical, emotional, social and spiritual issues encountered at the end of life
  • Effective communication when speaking with patients and family members
  • Comfort for patients and families

As a hospice volunteer you will be given the choice as to what types of things you want to do and how much time you want to contribute. Typical volunteer responsibilities include:

Support for Patients: Visiting and companionship * Reading and taking walks * Writing letters * Visiting with pets * Bringing in music * Vigil sitting

Support for Families: Respite relief * Shopping and errands * Meal preparation * Light housekeeping

Bereavement Support: Participation in memorial service * Assisting in support groups

Office Work: Assisting with mailings * Computer data entry * Administrative duties

Other: Making special craft items * Baking

101 WAYS TO VOLUNTEER WITH A HOSPICE PATIENT

♥ play cards ♥ hold their hand ♥ read to or with them ♥ rent their favorite movie and watch it with them ♥ look at pictures listen to their favorite music ♥ take them outside for a walk ♥ write letters for a patient who cannot write anymore ♥ watch their favorite television show with them ♥ bake cookies ♥ take your dog on a visit ♥ take the patient a flower ♥ send a card ♥ play an instrument ♥ help them make a scrapbook ♥ wash a sink full of dishes ♥ listen to old stories ♥ brush someone's hair ♥ make shapes with clay ♥ neck massage ♥ knit an afghan ♥ make crafts to share ♥ finger paint ♥ put together a puzzle ♥ take your cat on a visit ♥ paint by number ♥ share a smile ♥ give someone a hug ♥ go out to eat ♥ do a load of laundry for someone ♥ LISTEN ♥ make them their favorite food ♥ play checkers ♥ look at a magazine ♥ plant a flower give someone a bird feeder to place outside their window ♥ play chess ♥ bring your kids on a visit ♥ bring someone ice cream ♥ make someone laugh ♥ play Old Maid ♥ color a picture ♥ make a telephone call ♥ mow the lawn ♥ sit with someone during a scary medical appointment ♥ agree to sit with a patient so the family can get out of the house ♥ pick up groceries ♥ put lotion on hands and massage ♥read poetry ♥ rake leaves ♥ help a patient with light housekeeping ♥ relieve the caregiver so that he/she can take a nap ♥ play relaxing music ♥ paint their nails ♥ do their hair ♥ read the newspaper ♥ BE PRESENT ♥ bring someone a glass of water ♥ get someone a blanket ♥ braid their hair ♥ help them make a memory book ♥ let them teach you something ♥ back massage ♥ make brownies ♥ go as a family to visit ♥ play Go Fish ♥ bring someone a plant ♥ take pictures of favorite places they use to like to go to and show them ♥ use your imagination ♥ mop a floor ♥ read a book together ♥ help someone make their life as "normal" as possible ♥ give them a facial ♥ help them write their friends cards ♥ do crossword puzzles ♥ help them call a lost friend ♥ sing favorite songs ♥ carve a pumpkin ♥ decorate for a holiday ♥ help them shop from home ♥ make a peanut butter and ♥jelly sandwich ♥ blow some bubbles ♥ draw a picture ♥ share a story ♥ visit the library for books/videos they may like ♥ BE A FRIEND ♥ eat dinner with them ♥ share their hobby ♥ play computer games ♥ sit outside and enjoy nature ♥ share some of your life ♥ crochet a blanket ♥ ask them about their favorite vacation ♥ take them a milkshake ♥ take them their favorite fast food ♥ read their mail to them ♥ stargaze together

♥ help them shop for a relative's birthday ♥ massage their head ♥ you fill in the_____________

Interim Hospice

Alice Guzman, Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator

505 East Huntland Dr., Suite 180,

Austin, Texas 78752

(512) 582- 0336 Office

(512) 688-0929 Cell

(512) 582-0336 Fax

Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • continuous

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