Hospice provides compassionate care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families so they may live as fully and comfortable as possible. One way Kindred Hospice achieves this is through our volunteer program. Volunteers provide important services to Kindred Hospice and the patients and families they serve. Volunteers can be with our patients when our nurses, social workers or chaplains can’t, and volunteers connect with our patients on a deep personal level.
As a Kindred Hospice Volunteer, you will be given the choice of how much time you want to volunteer and how you want to share your talents with our patients. Typical volunteer activities include:
- Engaging in patient hobbies, playing board games, playing cards or discussing current events
- Being a comforting and supportive presence
- Listening to patient's concerns
- Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family
- Encouraging patients to tell their life stories
- Providing time for the caregiver to take care of him or herself
Volunteers are never asked to do anything they’re not comfortable doing. All volunteers are provided with training to ensure they feel comfortable with their tasks. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to visit our patients and submit to TB testing and a criminal background check.
There are many benefits to volunteering with Kindred Hospice that you may not have considered. Volunteering lowers the risk of depression and stress, while boosting self-confidence. And volunteering can give you a sense of fulfillment and contribution to your community.
If this sounds like something that’s right for you, please contact Kindred Hospice’s Manager of Volunteer Services, Kathy Morrison, at 636-528-2816 or email@example.com.