The Hospice Veteran Volunteer will provide services to Veteran patients and families under the direction of professional caregivers. The role of the Hospice Veteran Volunteer is to support the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the dying patient/family, with an awareness of and support for the patient's military experiences.
The Veteran Volunteer will be paired up with a hospice patient who is also a Veteran. The Veteran Volunteer will recognize the hospice patient's military service with a pin and certificate as well as provide ongoing weekly supportive visits.
The Hospice Veteran Volunteer may perform the following tasks after completing the training program and orientation.
Maintain confidentiality of patient information.
Receive orientation to patient/family plan of care, including patient's branch of service and any other military information.
Communicate/document patient/family needs to Hospice Team/appropriate Hospice staff.
Maintain/enhance skills by attendance at required education programs.
Recognize and respond to unsafe situations.
Be present to patient/family:
Demonstrates good listening skills
Provides emotional support
Provides spiritual support
Follow proper infection control practices.
Upon completion of volunteer services, documentation of hours must be recorded appropriately.
Attend visitation/funeral as desired.
- Veteran Care
- Hospice Care
- People Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 1-4 hours/week depending on patient assignment
- Veteran. Proof of MMR and TDAP immunization as well as willingness to be screened for tuberculosis