Help Patients and Their Loved Ones During the Most Difficult Time of Their Lives
Join the compassionate professionals with Roper Hospice, part of the Roper St. Francis Medical System. Our hospice patients are located in their own homes, or wherever they call home. Volunteers come into the home as companions, to provide respite for caregivers, and to help around the home. Our volunteers are a special part of a family's hospice experience and are beloved members of the hospice team.
Volunteer with an Award-Winning Nonprofit
Roper Hospice is the only hospice in the Tri-County associated with a hospital, the only one with a fulltime medical director, and one of only two non-profit hospices remaining in the area. Our bottom line is patient care, not a bottom line, and this philosophy carries over into the Volunteer Department, where the volunteer is a valued member of the hospice interdisciplinary team.
Roper Hospice Volunteer Training June 15, 16, and 17
Our next hospice volunteer training, which consists of 20 hours of instruction at no cost to you, will take place over three days at Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston: Thursday, June 15 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm; Friday, June 16 from 8:30am to 5:00pm; and Saturday, June 17 from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
The training will include the following topics:
- The History and Mission of Roper Hospice
- What is Hospice and Palliative Care
- The Dying Patient’s Bill of Rights
- The Medical Perspective of Hospice
- The Case Manager and the Team Approach
- Social Work and End of Life Care
- Spirituality in Hospice Care
- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
- Infection Control and Universal Precautions
- Death and Anxiety
- The Role of the Hospice Volunteer
- Communicating with Compassion
- Cultural Competency at the End of Life
- Self Care and Preventing Burnout
During the training you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers, explore your own experiences with death, loss, and grief, and hear from hospice professionals. You will receive instruction from each discipline on the hospice team, including our hospice director, medical director, a nurse case manager, social worker, chaplain, hospice aide, bereavement coordinator, and experienced volunteers. You will learn about our team approach, the medical perspective of hospice, and how to have good self care and prevent burnout.
Being invited into the moment and being present with hospice patients and their loved ones is a learned skill. The training acknowledges the unfamiliarity of this setting for most people and will focus on skills which will help you interact with patients and their family members at the end of life.
We expect you to have lots of questions! Death and dying are not usually part of our everyday lives and can be unfamiliar and challenging subjects. Communication skills needed are specific to hospice and you will be trained in what to say and when to say it.
The goal of our volunteer training is for you to discover if hospice volunteering is a good fit for you and to provide all the tools you need to feel comfortable and confident in this new role.
The first step toward becoming a Roper Hospice volunteer is a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview. A background check, health check, drug screen, TB test, and flu shot are required to volunteer. Please call 843-402-3118 to begin this process. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Hospice Care
- Elder care
- Bereavement Support
- Patient Care
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Four hours a week
- Interview, health check, drug screen, TB test, flu shot, 20 hour training, & annual education.