Sanford Health Ava’s House provides 24-hour nursing care to patients of all ages in a home-like environment. We ensure that patients have a comforting place to turn when symptoms and pain are beyond the scope of care provided at the Sanford Hospice Cottages or delivered in the hospital, long-term care facilities or in-home settings. Ava's House features 16 adult and 4 pediatric patient rooms.
Honoring its namesake, Ava Holder, who passed away at 4 years old after a courageous battle with cancer, Ava’s House offers one of only four in-patient pediatric hospice programs in the country.
Companion Volunteers serve as a connection to our hospice care team. They meet with patients face-to-face and discuss a variety of topics. Companions also work to instill hope in our patients and their families through reflection, devotion and activity. Volunteers should come eager to share their unique talents, such as writing, music, art, and reading. Simply being present is the greatest gift you can offer. While duties may vary, expect the following to occur regularly:
Lift spirits, read to, and reminisce with patients and families
Documentation of visit(s) with patient and family members on designated forms
Learn more about Ava's House here: https://www.sanfordhealth.org/sioux-falls/services/hospice/avas-house
Sanford Health is dedicated to the work of health and healing.
Volunteers are an essential part of our hospice team. We serve a diverse group of patients and families and our volunteers reflect that diversity to serve their needs. Volunteers come to us with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. They are well-rounded, with the desire to share their gifts such as music, writing, art and reading. They may help with light household tasks, such as preparing meals or doing dishes. Some may even help with yard work or gardening. Most of all, the greatest gift volunteers provide is simply being present. As a Sanford Hospice Volunteer, your will to help is deeply appreciated.
Hospice volunteers spend time in the homes of patients and their families. This necessitates an application and interview process to verify the person is right for Sanford Hospice volunteer duties. Sanford also has an organized training program for patient care volunteers. These training programs cover topics including: bereavement support, confidentiality, listening skills, loss and grief, signs and symptoms of approaching death, understanding hospice and working with families.
If you are interested in volunteering for Sanford Hospice, please email us.