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ORGANIZATION: Dignity Health

  • 13 people are interested

Veterans helping Veterans

COVID vaccination is a requirement to serve as a volunteer.

Compassionate caring individuals are needed to provide companionship and relief to hospice patients who are veterans and their families. Visiting with a patient can include reading, playing music, walking, assisting with activities, getting to know the patient, or just sitting by their bedside so they aren't alone. Talking with them and learning their life stories, documenting the stories and providing to family members, is another activity that you could be participating in.

Visits can be made when the time works for you and the facility or patient. You will be matched with a patient/family that is within an acceptable distance from your home area.

You will be required to undergo a background check, and a two step TB test (at no cost to you). State mandated hospice training(on-line) is required and provided free.

General description:

  • Must be a veteran
  • Serves as a member of the hospice team in meeting the needs of patients and families in the hospice program following a Plan of Care developed through collaboration by the hospice team, patient and caregivers. Volunteer services may include supportive patient/family care, clerical duties, or bereavement support.
  • Serves under the direction/supervision of the Hospice Volunteer Services Supervisor.
  • Hours are flexible as it depends on patients' need.


  • Completion of 8 hours of State mandated volunteer training through Hospice Relias Volunteer Training, End-of-Life Specialist certification or equivalent to be assessed and determined by the Dignity Health Hospice Volunteer Services Supervisor.
  • Meeting all requirements of Dignity Health Employee Health screening and clearance for duty, including but not limited to initial health appraisal, vaccinations, and annual PPD testing.
  • Compliance with maintaining these requirements.
  • Current California Drivers License or ID
  • Proof of auto insurance
  • Availability of operating motor vehicle
  • Current CPR certification recommended but not required

Knowledge of:

  • Hospice care and philosophy
  • Principles of death and dying
  • Effective communication skills
  • Role of the volunteer in hospice program
  • Principles of grief and bereavement

Accountabilities and Job-Related Competencies:

  • Follows all Dignity Health Policies and Procedures
  • Maintains confidentiality of protected health information
  • Communicates effectively with terminally ill patients/families
  • Works as a member of the hospice team and reports urgent needs of the patient and family to the appropriate team members.
  • Keeps hospice volunteer services supervisor informed of patient/family status as appropriate
  • Able to take direction from the hospice team
  • Responds appropriately to unexpected occurrences or emergencies with patients/families
  • Communicates with appropriate staff any concerns re: patient/family
  • Maintains appropriate personal boundaries in the relationship with the patient, family and hospice team
  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation
  • Ability to provide respectful care to patients and families with diverse backgrounds, race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and culture
  • Keeps established time commitment to the patients and notifies supervisor if unable or if time commitment changes
  • Willingness to learn about different cultures
  • As appropriate, provides companionship, support, and respite care to terminally ill patients and their families
  • Maintain all mandatory training and in service requirements
  • Agrees to volunteer approximately four hours per week for patient/family related activities
  • Willingness to make a one year commitment of one hundred volunteer hours (2 hours per week)
  • Attend a minimum of 4 hospice volunteer meetings per year
  • Adheres to safety standards and practices universal precautions

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About Dignity Health


3400 Data Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, US

Mission Statement

We believe in living life as fully as possible and that includes living well to the end. We believe that every individual has a vast potential and that dying can offer an oppertunity to achieve that potential, or compel a person to fulfill a final wish. Mercy Hospice provides comfort, peace and solutions for individuals facing serious and life-limiting illness, giving them the dignity and compassion they deserve.


Since 1979, Mercy Hospice has been providing compassionate care to families touched by serious and life-limiting illness. Our hospice team works with patients to manage pain and symptoms while offering support to those caring for them. The goal of Mercy Hospice is to help men and women of all ages and with all types of illness spend their days in peace, comfort and dignity. We also want to help family and loved ones to understand what is happening and how best to cope with the tremendous changes that will occur.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Veterans & Military Families
Advocacy & Human Rights, Seniors, Veterans & Military Families


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3400 Data DriveRancho Cordova, CA 95670



  • Hospice Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • average 2 hours per week, 100 hours annually, 3 volunteer meetings attended
  • Must be a veteran

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