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Be a compassionate presence to someone seriously ill in your neighborhood

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ORGANIZATION: Hosparus Health

Visit with a patient to provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and share interests. During your visit you will often sit and talk with a seriously ill patient, but your primary role is to provide presence and support. You might play games, cards, or read. Sometimes, you might simply be present and sit in silence with a patient who is too ill to converse.

Respite means giving a short break to the patient’s primary caregiver, usually a close family member or a friend. You might sit with a patient for a couple of hours so their caregiver can get out for much needed self-care or for an appointment. Volunteers have firm boundaries on what you can and can't do. You won't be providing any hands on care, such as feeding or moving a patient and volunteers never handle medications.

TIME
Most patient companion assignments are about one hour weekly or biweekly. You'll be able to choose the time you'd like to visit when you first meet your patient. Evenings and weekends are great times to schedule a visit.

LOCATION
You can visit with a patient in your neighborhood, or wherever you feel called to help. Our patients live throughout Louisville and surrounding counties and across Southern Indiana. We serve patients wherever they call home - in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in the patient's own home.

TRAINING
After you submit your volunteer application, we'll be in touch to schedule training. We provide a mix of online modules and a concise in person training session, with continuing education throughout the year.

WHAT ELSE
A volunteer manager will work with your visit preferences and provide you with ongoing support.
All costs for training, the background check and TB tests are covered by Hosparus Health.

If you're ready to get started, visit hosparushealth.org, and click on the volunteer tab to apply.

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About Hosparus Health

Location:

6200 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205, US

Mission Statement

Volunteering with Hosparus Health may become one of the most meaningful experiences of your life. Helping our mission of enhancing the quality of life for those impacted by serious illness will be rewarding and enhance your own well-being and feeling of gratitude. Connection to others with compassion and dignity will strengthen your sense of community. You will feel proud by giving back to others, which you’ll be able to do based on your schedule and how you decide to offer assistance within our organization.

Description

Since 1978, Hosparus Health has provided hospice and advanced illness care to tens of thousands of patients and their families in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Started by volunteers, we’re a fully accredited not-for-profit with care teams nationally recognized and respected for their innovation and expertise addressing the most complex health issues. In addition to hospice and advanced illness care, we also offer grief counseling, respite care, and medication management.

Hosparus Health cares for patients of all ages and backgrounds - regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, handicap or ability to pay. Care is delivered through a team-oriented approach and is tailored to each patient’s needs and wishes. Our support extends to the patient’s family, caregivers and other loved ones. Hosparus Health is committed to helping people in our community live better, longer. We truly believe that the earlier you call, the more we can help.

To learn more, visit hosparushealth.org or call our 24/7 support line: 1-800-264-0521

CAUSE AREAS

Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Health & Medicine, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Louisville, KY 40220

(38.2192,-85.61779)
 

SKILLS

  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills
  • Elder care
  • Patient Care
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each patient has a plan of care, and when a volunteer is requested to provide companionship, you'll be included in the patient's care plan. Typically, volunteers are requested for weekly or bi-weekly visits, with most visits lasting about an hour.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, and come to our office for tb skin tests. We provide a detailed orientation to prepare you to assist patients and their families. A volunteer manager will offer ongoing guidance.

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