AseraCare volunteers bring many gifts, talents, interests, and experiences to the hospice program. We have an immediate need for hospice patient companion volunteers in the Council Bluffs area.
Companion volunteers play a vital role in the hospice care team by:
Visiting on a routine basis for friendship and conversation Increasing socialization for patients living at home Listening to and supporting families as they care for their loved one Providing brief periods of time off for family caregivers
You can determine the amount of time that you volunteer each month. We prefer a small commitment of 4 hours per month for companionship visits. Volunteers who are interested may also provide respite support. These visits may last from 1 to 5 hours, but they would happen less frequently through the month. We hope that you will be forming a relationship with assigned patients. We ask that you plan to make a commitment of at least 6 months to 1 year for this volunteer assignment.
COVID-19: Some of our typical protocols have been altered to protect both patients and volunteers during the time of a global pandemic. It is always our first priority to ensure the safety of our patients and volunteers. You will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 testing (if needed), and alternative options for volunteering such as virtual visits via Facetime, Zoom, Teams, etc.
Reliable transportation to/from your assignment is required. Companion volunteers must provide a current driver’s license and proof of insurance. Volunteers should be physically able to complete the tasks assigned to them. All hospice volunteers are required to complete a volunteer orientation. They must also pass a criminal background check and drug and tuberculosis test. All required training and services are paid for by AseraCare. Volunteers must be 18 years old or have parental supervision to be considered.
Hospice is a program of palliative care and supportive services for terminally ill patients and their families. A care team that includes volunteers work together to provide services. All team members are trained in providing emotional support to the patient and family. The direct care hospice team goes wherever the patient lives to provide services.
Hospice neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Rather, its goal is to affirm life and encourage the patient to maintain control over decisions that affect his or her quality of life. Support is available 24 hours a day. Hospice care is ready to meet the ever-changing needs experienced by that patient and their family.
If you have suffered a significant loss, we encourage you to wait at least one year to provide direct service or public relations support. Bereavement resources are available to our volunteers who need them.
Our mission at AseraCare is to share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community at a time.
Hospice is about living. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death, but affirms life, emphasizing dignity and comfort while enhancing quality of life for the person copying with a life limiting illness. Hospice treats the person, not the disease and focuses on the entire family, not just the individual.
Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
Red Oak metro areaRed Oak, IA51566
October 14, 2020
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Minimum of 4 hours per month, but otherwise determined by the volunteer's availability