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Hospice Volunteers - Companion, Music, Pet Therapy, Reiki - Teaneck

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Ascend Health

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 37 people are interested

If you have an hour or more per week to give, Ascend Hospice welcomes your gifts of time and compassion. Whether you choose to work directly with patients and families or to volunteer in one of many other ways, you can make a profound difference in someone's life, including your own. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team. Volunteers are required to follow CDC guidelines, be compliant with Ascend Hospice policies, practices and facility requirements for infection control. At this time, we require volunteers: To be fully Covid-19 Vaccinated, Up-to-date TB tested/screened, DailyCovid-19 self-screened.
We provide all required PPE and volunteer training!

Volunteer Opportunities:
Companionship Volunteers work directly with patients providing companionship, offering friendly visits, reading to patients, writing letters, offering a gentle touch or sharing a quiet moment.

Complementary Volunteers are certified/trained professionals who can provide complementary modalities of reflexologly, music, Reiki, & massage.

Certified Reiki practioner volunteer to serve in finding comfort, relaxation, peace, reducing anxiety, relieving pain and providing a comfortable environment. Training provided for volunteers.

Pet Therapy Volunteers provide companionship from certified therapy dogs. Pet therapy provides numerous benefits like encouraging movement and physical stimulation and it provides mental benefits like socialization, mental stimulation, companionship, and unconditional love. Please consider sharing your loving pet with us and bring some much needed smiles. Pets must be certified as therapy animals by an organization like TDI Therapy Dogs International- see website here

Music Volunteers are volunteers who specialize in sharing songs or instrumental music with patients and their loved ones. Volunteers may also be asked to provide musical visits on an occasional basis for one patient/family or for a group of patients at a facility as outreach for the local hospice agency.

Craft Volunteers consist of individuals or groups who touch patients in a special way by making lap blankets, shawls, memory bears and other articles for patients to enjoy.

Bereavement Volunteers offer support to the families of patients who have passed. During the grieving process the bereavement volunteer can be a valuable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network. They often make phone calls to check up on family members and also send cards of comfort and care.

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About Ascend Health


1600 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065, US

Mission Statement

Ascend Healthcare believes in providing compassionate care and preserving quality of life for all patients at every stage of illness or injury. Our goal is to relieve the patients burden and ease stress with integrity and compassion, through hospice services. We embrace a holistic and personalized approach, as we care for the whole person, mind, body and spirit.


Founded in 1995, Ascend Healthcare is a non-denominational, multi-cultural hospice and palliative care provider. We believe that hospice services should reflect the life we live - fully with dignity and grace. Our hospice team offers comfort and care at the most sensitive time.

Ascend Healthcare serves all counties throughout the state of New Jersey including: Atlantic County, Bergen, Cape May, Burlington, Camden, Essex County, Hudson County, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset County, and Union Counties.

Can you spare 1-3 hours a week? If so, we are looking for you!
Companionship Volunteers- can you make a phone call or make a card?
Certified Reiki, massage therapy and/or reflexology practitioners
Pet Therapy Volunteers. Your pet must be certified as a therapy animals by an organization
Music & Memory Volunteers

ALL Volunteers are required to follow CDC guidelines, be compliant with Ascend Hospice policies, practices and facility requirements for infection control.
At this time, we require volunteers: to be fully Covid-19 Vaccinated, up-to-date TB tested and to COVID-19 daily self-check.
We provide all required Personal Protective Equipment and volunteer training!

If you would love to make someone smile, we'd like to hear from you!

Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


Teaneck RoadTeaneck, NJ 07666



  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Music Therapy
  • Wind Instrument
  • Animal Therapy
  • String Instrument


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 - 3 Hours per week
  • Pets must be certified and have updated rabies vaccination

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