NOTE: COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. We seek new volunteers once restrictions are lifted and will hold orientation after Jan. 1, 2021. Current volunteers are limited to phone or virtual contact with patients. However, we have desperate need for veterans to serve as volunteers and welcome all such inquiries.
Veterans often have specific needs. Veterans often have a particular bond with one another.
To better serve veterans who happen to be hospice patients, UnityPoint Hospice Cedar Rapids seeks veterans to train as hospice volunteers. Hospice volunteer training includes such topics as hospice philosophy, attitudes toward death, preparing for death at home, spirituality in hospice, communication skills, and grief/bereavement. Volunteers undergo 14 hours of training before they can visit patients.
A typical commitment involves visiting a patient twice a month, or weekly, for about an hourlong visit. Some patients ask for respite visits that allow family members to keep doctor appointments, go shopping, and so on. Respite visits might take place once or twice a week, and last two or three hours. Sometimes, respite visits are one-time only events, such as allowing a spouse to keep an appointment.
Once paired, Veteran Volunteers have particular ability to relate and connect with these patients at the end of life, with emphasis on life review, listening, and comforting presence. Serving as a hospice volunteer can be a warm and rewarding experience, and it's especially meaningful when it's veteran-to-veteran.
The COVID-19 pandemic calls for additional steps to protect volunteers and patients. We offer additional training in use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other virus mitigation steps. Volunteers must wear a mask and goggles when seeing patients.
About UnityPoint Hospice
290 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, US
The mission of UnityPoint Hospice is to give the healthcare we'd like our loved ones to receive. Our vision is to be the the hospice of choice for end-of-life care. We will partner with patients and families throughout their journey honoring individual choices.
Every day we strive to create a comforting and caring atmosphere supportive to living life to the fullest for as long as life lasts. We believe everyone deserves quality end-of-life care surrounded by their loved ones. UnityPoint Hospice in Cedar Rapids is founded on the premise the patient and family are given the ability to choose the care options that will bring dignity, hope and comfort to the remainder of the patient's life. This individualized patient- and family-centered care is provided to eastern Iowans within a 50-mile radius of Cedar Rapids. Hospice charges Medicare and private insurance and provides free hospice care to patients when services are not covered. We believe in treating the whole person - not just the illness. Patients receive ongoing assessment, support and coordination to help them pursue the goal of quality living. Families are also given the support and resources they need to work through their challenges and grief.