Volunteers are the heart of our hospice. They provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers may visit patients weekly or as needed basis from 1-4 hours at a time and are matched to patients considering proximity and scheduling preferences. Patient care volunteers frequently express what a privilege it is to walk with a family during this special time and how personally rewarding they have found it to be. Our volunteer training provides information about the many aspects of the dying process and the various ways to assist the dying through their end of life journey. Many of our graduates find the training itself a transforming experience. There is no obligation to volunteer upon completion of the training.
Hospice's mission is to focus its care on the whole family. Emphasis is placed on pain and symptom control and improving quality of life for the person who is dying. Hospice assists the patient, family and caregivers in coping by providing psychological and spiritual support as well as physical care management. Our mission is to provide those entrusted to us, quality and compassionate care as we walk their final journey together.
Since 1980, Carilion Hospice has provided competent and compassionate care for terminally ill patients in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. The area's most experienced team of professionals and volunteers offer symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, and bereavement care.